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Silhouette America Birthday Sale with 40% Off Just About Everything

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If you own a Silhouette electronic cutting machine, what a great way to stock up on your favorite Silhouette supplies and products. Last month, they introduced a new Pixscan mat that looks really fun and a vinyl roll feeder that helps feed the vinyl to your machine easily. I needed a replacement part for my machine, so I was happy to see the 40% off sale! Just about all products at Silhouette America are 40% off now through October 1st, 2014. This does not include cutting machines, but there are lots of great deals to be had! Click below to be taken to the Silhouette America store and once you sign in, you can use coupon code BIRTHDAY at checkout.

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

Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone Effect Using Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl EverydaySavvy.com

 

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...]

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

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Quick Easy Father’s Day Gift -Free Printables Necktie Bottle Tags & Cupcake Toppers

Father's Day Free Printable Bottle Tags from BargainShopperMom

 Father’s Day is coming up soon. It isn’t too late to make these cute printable ties!

Are you looking for a simple way to make Father’s Day special for the Dads in your life? Then check out these adorable, free printable necktie-shaped bottle tags and cupcake toppers . I included four different tags. Some are more elegant and some are more playful and you can choose which ones fit the Dads in your life. These are so easy to make that even the kids could help cut these out or help assemble them. Plus, you probably already have most of the supplies to complete this project at home! [Read more...]

DIY Fun Temporary Tattoos Made With a Silhouette Cameo

 

Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper EverydaySavvy.com

It’s no secret that my Silhouette Cameo machine is my favorite crafting tool and they are offering some nice bundles right now.  There are so many things you can cut with this unique electronic cutting machine.  The possibilities are endless with these printable and cuttable temporary tattoo sheets. My kids play lots of local sports like baseball and soccer and my daughter cheers for our local youth football league. I used some free fonts to create some fun, team spirit tattoos for them to wear and it made it easy to customize the colors of their teams. It was easy to follow the directions on the package of temporary tattoo paper and the results were so vibrant and fun!  [Read more...]

Simple and Affordable Iced Tea Cup Teacher Appreciation Gift or Year-End Gift with Free Printable Tag

Affordable Teacher Gift Tea Double Walled Cup

 This year Teacher Appreciation week is May 5-9 2014.  It is coming up soon so we thought we would share this cute and easy gift idea.

Are you scrambling to find affordable gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week? I just love these double-walled cups and I made this one into an iced tea themed gift for around $5! I use these cups all summer long when I’m on the go and they wash up so nicely. You can fill them with water or any other beverage and I like that they are double-walled and don’t sweat. This one fits perfectly in the cup holder of my car too. This iced tea gift for teachers would make a great year-end gift too or if you have aids or other teaching staff to recognize these won’t break the bank. [Read more...]

Silhouette Designer Edition Software and Machine Sale & a Portrait Machine GIVEAWAY

Coffee Cup Treat Box Made with a Silhouette Cameo and Designer Edition Software
*****Our Silhouette Portrait Giveaway is Over. Congrats to Laurie B. Enjoy Discounts on Designer Edition Software Until February 14th*****

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 February 6-14, 2014. [Read more...]

Sale on Chevron and Quatrefoil Elastic- Perfect for DIY Hair Ties

BargainShopperMom Hair Tie Party Favors DIY Tutorial

 

Did you see our DIY Hair Tie Tutorial but wonder where to get fold over elastic at great price?  These are so so easy to make and would make amazing  gifts or party favors. They are so easy to make too that my girls can help make them!

Jane has nice sale today on Chevron and Quatrefoil Elastic that I think would make super cute hair ties. Look at all these cute colors and patterns!

 

chevron fold overelastic hair ties

hair tie elastics

Jane has tons of other cute stuff. It is one of my favorite new daily deals site. If you dont want to make the hair ties yourself they sell them premade too! Plus tons of cute jewelry for kids and adults and home accessories!

Check out the Jane sale on Chevron and Quatrefoil Elastic

No Candy Crafty Valentine Ideas for Kids

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So my kids get a ton of candy for Valentine’s Day so I went on a hunt for some fun Valentine’s Ideas that don’t include candy or sweets.  I got all the ideas from Pinterest and you can click through each one to get directions to make them yourself. [Read more...]

DIY Rainbow Loom Charm Valentines with Free Printables

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My tween daughter recently started making all sorts of charms with her Rainbow Loom with the many tutorials online. Over the holidays, she made me a cute snowflake charm and I attached it to the pencil that I keep at my computer desk. My daughter makes these charms and since they stretch and loop around just about anything, she has charms attached to her backpack, her purse and her pencil case. She also makes them for friends at school.

I thought that Rainbow Loom charm valentines would be a cute idea for tweens since most are no longer buying the character valentines. There are many different types of Rainbow Loom charms and some are easy and others more complicated. If you are making them for the whole class, I suggest choosing an easier design or your tween can make them for siblings, neighbors or just for their close friends as something extra special. Some of the fun ones that I have seen are flowers, hearts, mustaches, animals. [Read more...]

Huge Savings on Silhouette Machine Bundles & Savings on Brand New Products

Silhouette Cameo Stencil Material

It’s no secret that my Silhouette Cameo machine is my favorite crafting tool and they are offering some nice bundles right now.  If you are looking for a Silhouette Cameo or a Silhouette Portrait, there are machine bundles that include a sleek bag, an extra $25 download card, plus a dust cover for your machine. If you already have a machine, the cool new rolling bags are 25% off. Silhouette also released some new products such as the new stencil material, adhesive corrugated paper, adhesive washi sheets, their new light hold mats and more. These brand new products are 20% off. The pretty monogrammed vase pictured above was made with the new Silhouette stencil material. Be sure to check out our COUPON CODE below to take advantage of these hot discounts. This nice sale ends January 31st. [Read more...]

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