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Clothing DIY - St. Patrick's Day

Lucky Periodic Table St Patricks Day Shirt + FREE SVG Files

February 5, 2019

Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today.Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today. #totallyfreeSVG #stpatricksdayshirt #stpatricksdaysvg #luckySVG #cricut #silhouette #heattransfervinyl

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I’ve been enjoying making these free SVG files for you each month and so now we continue the tradition by making St Patricks Day SVF files for you to use. Please remember that these are personal use only files.

Supplies for your homemade St Patricks Day Shirt

I love all these talented women and I’m so glad that we come together once a month to offer you guys these free SVG files. I’ve made cups, I’ve made t-shirts, I’ve made costumes, I’ve made a lot of things with SVG files and they’re really fun to experiment with.

Click here for the free Lucky St Patrick’s Day Shirt SVG file

How do I upload an SVG file to my computer?

Uploading the SVG file to your computer is really easy. You’re going to want to click on the link above and then you’ll save the SVG file to your computer. Pay attention to where that file has saved. I like to save mine always to my desktop so that I know where I can easily find them. I move them to other folders after I’ve uploaded it into my Cricut or Silhouette software.

If you use an Apple system, your file will automatically unzip when you double-click on the folder. If you have a PC, you’re going to want to find a program that helps you unzip the file. You cannot upload zip folders into the Silhouette or Cricut software.

If you have a Cricut, follow these easy steps that Hey, Let’s Make Stuff shows or if you have a Silhouette, Persia Lou has a great tutorial.

Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today. #totallyfreeSVG #stpatricksdayshirt #stpatricksdaysvg #luckySVG #cricut #silhouette #heattransfervinyl

To learn how easy it is to apply HTV using an Iron, click here.

To learn how easy it is to apply HTV using the Cricut EasyPress, click here.

To learn how easy it is to apply HTV using a Heat Press, click here.

Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today. #totallyfreeSVG #stpatricksdayshirt #stpatricksdaysvg #luckySVG #cricut #silhouette #heattransfervinyl

Cricut - Holidays

DIY Jedi Shirt with FREE SVG File – May the 4th Be With You

January 31, 2019

May the 4th Be With You! Who else loves Star Wars and wants this free Jedi SVG file? Scroll below to find out how I made my own Star Wars t-shirt using my Cricut or you can use a Silhouette.Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourth

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May the Fourth is a popular obscure holiday to Star Wars fans so I created this modern Star Wars SVG file to make you a DIY Jedi shirt.

Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourthI love the straight lines of this design and the fact that I can take this image and really do anything. It doesn’t need to be a shirt. I can make a Reverse Canvas, make my own Doormat, or even make some DIY tattoos with it!

My brother is a huge Star Wars fan and so this DIY Star Wars shirt is cool enough for him to wear or even my 13-year-old son to wear.

Supplies for your homemade Star Wars Shirt

Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourthUpload your SVG file into your cutting software. I’ve included both SVG and PNG formats of the files so you can trace it or upload it as an image, just whatever method you’re most comfortable using.

Mirror your image and cut and then weed away anything you don’t want on the shirt off of the carrier sheet.

Press your image according to package directions. For Siser EasyWeed or Cricut Everyday Iron-On, I use a temperature of 315 for 25-30 seconds.

Remove the carrier sheet while your image is still warm, turn it over and then press again for an additional 15 seconds. Celebrate May the Fourth by making your own DIY Jedi Shirt. Grab the FREE Star Wars SVG File and make one for yourself or for that nerd in your life. #starwars #starwarsshirt #diyjedishirt #freestarwarssvg #maythefourthshirt #maythefourth

This Star Wars shirt is perfect for the May the Fourth holiday and can clearly be work year-round.

Cricut - Holidays

Reverse Canvas to Celebrate International Women’s Day

January 30, 2019

I’m all about female empowerment and what better way to instill that in my daughter than making her this easy international Women’s Day reverse canvas. 

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Making an International Women’s Day craft was kind of a thinker for me. I want my daughter to know that woman can be strong and unapologetic at the same time.

I wanted to make her something that affirmed to her that she should know her worth at all times. Making reverse canvases are extremely low cost and they look great in the end.

To learn how to press different materials to your reverse canvas and what settings, click here.

I created this easy International Women’s Day SVG file so that you can make it all on your own to remind yourself, your mother or your daughter just how strong they are.

Supplies for your International Women’s Day Craft

Remove the backing of your canvas. I don’t even worry about removing the staples. It’s is too hard for me to do with my fibromyalgia. Just take a craft knife and cut on the outside of the staples.

Just leave the staples in your board. They won’t show and you can glue or staple over them. Paint the wood to how you want it to look. I chose a really light grey that I had used when I made this Buffalo Check Wrapping Paper.

To learn how to cut Iron-On (HTV), click here

Lay your canvas flat and apply your weeded image. Press for the recommended time. Because I am using foil iron-on, the setting is 285 for 30 seconds and peel away the carrier sheet once your image has cooled.

It’s not extremely important to get your image exactly how you want it on the canvas at this point. You want to get it centered but it doesn’t need to be exactly straight either.

With foil iron-on, the cooler the image is, the better your foil will look. Foil Iron-On tends to wrinkle when it is peeled away using the warm method. I like to at least allow 3 minutes before I even attempt it. 

Lay your wooden frame and center your image before you begin to adhere it to the canvas. Hold both the frame and the canvas material together and flip it over.

Begin to staple the canvas material back onto the wooden frame. Start on one side and then work your way around, pulling taught.

Cut away any excess canvas material and then you’re done! It doesn’t need to be perfect on the back because, again, it won’t show.

This International Women’s Day craft is easy and it can be displayed year-round. 

Clothing DIY - Cricut - Valentine's Day

Custom T-Shirt for Valentines Day – FREE Heart Throb SVG

January 4, 2019

Make a Custom T-Shirt for Valentines Day with this super cute free Valentine SVG file. Make it for a toddler or that natural heartthrob in your life. Use your Cricut, Silhouette, or Brother Scan ‘N Cut to create this easy Valentine T-Shirt.

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I love making seasonal SVG files and for the past few months I made a Baby, It’s Really Freaking Cold Outside mug and my New Year, Same Mess t-shirt. I wanted to create a boy version of what I’m planning on showing you on Tuesday (it’s super cute). Create this easy custom t-shirt in no time.

How do I make a custom t-shirt?

To make your own custom t-shirt you’re going to need a few essentials. You’re going to need an electronic cutting machine and some Heat Transfer Vinyl (also known as Iron On or HTV). You will also need a weeding tool, heat press, Cricut EasyPress or an Iron.

To learn how to apply HTV in layers and with an Iron, click here.

You want something that has zero steam. You can use your iron but be sure that the temperature is correct and the steam function is off. Read your manufacturers instructions on what temperature to use and if your HTV is cold or hot peel.

When cutting your image from a Cricut or Silhouette, you need to be sure that the mirror function is on. You want to cut it in mirror mode and then you will weed or peel off what you do not want on your t-shirt. You do not want your image to cut completely through the carrier sheet.

Your entire image will be on the carrier sheet. Obviously, each color is different here so I had three images on three separate carrier sheets. I started with the Heart saying and then pressed for around 20 seconds, then the black for 20 and then the grey for 30 seconds, turned the shirt over and pressed for another 15 seconds.

When using multiple colors of HTV, you want to be sure that whatever you pressed before is covered before you press the next image. Just use the carrier sheet that you peeled off first and lay it over the red after you have laid the black image down.

Just to be clear, start with your red and press 20 seconds, peel off the carrier sheet from the red image and then lay your black image down. Place the carrier sheet from the red back over the areas that would be exposed when you’re pressing the black image. Do the same for the grey heart to ensure that the black and red are covered again.

Supplies needed to make your own custom t-shirt

heart throb valentine t-shirt

Cricut - Holiday Parties - New Years

New Year, Same Mess & More FREE SVG Files for New Years

December 4, 2018

Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt. 

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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.

We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court.  No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.

But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!

Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.

Supplies for your New Years shirt

Click on the link above to the free SVG file and save it to your computer. You’ll then upload it into your electronic software. To upload an SVG file into Cricut Design Space, follow these instructions. To upload an SVG file into your Silhouette software, Persia Lou has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to do that.

Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.

After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.

Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.

Use this handy Iron-On Vinyl Guide to know what setting you should be using with your HTV.

What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?

It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.

A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.

What if I don’t want a workout shirt?

Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.

You can use these free SVG files on anything. Make yourself a mug like I did last month with our Christmas SVG file hop. Follow the links below to grab your own and make whatever your heart desires.

Now for your other FREE SVG files, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the blogs to download their own files.

Pop! Clink! Kiss

That’s So Twenty Eighteen

Champagne Squad and Rose Squad

Midnight Kisses, New Year Wishes

New Year, Same Mess

Kiss Me Now, Midnight is Past My Bedtime

New Years Resolution: Be Just as Awesome as I Was Last Year!

Kiss Me… at Midnight

This is My Year to Sparkle

Available for Midnight Kisses

Happy New Year 2019

Cheers Y’all

free New Years svg file

Cricut - Scrapbooking

A Noteworthy Notebook

September 11, 2014

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

I had the opportunity to guest post on Expressions Vinyl blog a few weeks ago and I wanted to share with my blog too. I’ve worked with them before for my daughters party to update some really fun clothes we found at Target for her birthday. I really love their vinyl and their Vinyl Heat Transfer, it’s really some of the best I’ve worked with!

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

For this project I decided to use Gold Chrome (Brushed) Metalized Vinyl. I had the intention of cutting out the girls’ names but each font I used was just not cutting well regardless of what setting I had my blade on. I had a hard time getting a deep enough cut on this vinyl. It was cutting but when it came time to separate it, it would stick a lot. It is beautiful though so if I was going to use it again, which I am sure I will, I will just plan on maybe using a mat and cutting a 10. I ended up just using the feather graphic that was in the Silhouette store and then I paired it with the awesome Market Street line by My Minds Eye. It matched perfect and it looks lovely.

Frenchie for Expressions Vinyl

In comparison of my Silhouette and the Cricut Explore, I have to give the cutting to the Explore. The software goes to Silhouette at the moment but I know Cricut is not too far behind. I gave this journal to our Young Woman President, she really deserved it. I couldn’t have done any of this without any of the presidency, but she really guided me. She basically planned the whole camp without knowing it!

XOXO, Lindsay

 

Disclosure: I did receive the Vinyl in exchange from Expressions Vinyl to do this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Birthday Parties - Party Time

A Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

June 16, 2014

Create the most perfect birthday party for a girl using pink, gold and teal colors. The perfect birthday party for any girl using pink, teal and gold. #birthdayparty #girlpartyideasThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

My Daughter, Leila turned 4 a month ago. We didn’t celebrate a month late, I’m just a month late posting. I have a problem with filling my plate all at once. I had 4 different things going on in at 4 week time period so I’ve been super MIA. This was probably the windiest day I could have chosen. It was sunny the day before and after but this was the only day I could work it in. Wasn’t good for my GIANT balloons cause if you think regular balloons don’t like wind, try the big boys.Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

I wanted her birthday party to be something fabulous. I found this candle topper from Gnome Sweet Gnome and knew that was what I wanted to go off of. The only problem was is that that I let her play with the candles beforehand and she broke them all so for the party, no candle! I chose to get this tablecloth online from an Etsy shop. I just searched for gold sequence fabric. It cost around $11 a yard. I love how it just shined off the sun and gave some extra sparkle. I just put a dollar store gold plastic cloth underneath it and it worked out fine.

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

I chose the colors Gold, Pink and Mint. My friend Jen Allyson aka, The Project Girl, had just released her newest line from My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has the perfect tones that I was looking for. I worked on this scrapbook flip frame using the papers and her accessories from the line and an IKEA Tolsby frame. The papers are 3×4″ and I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put C rings to attach and hang from the frame. I cut my dream letters from the same line of paper except for the straight gold R. I got that paper from Michaels and it was $1.99 but worth every penny!Market Street My Minds Eye Frenchie

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

For the actual birthday cake, it’s a FRAUD, a fake, a lie, it’s styrofoam! I got this cake round from Michaels. FloraCraft makes it. I also used their Smooth Finish and separated it into 2 bowls and left quite a bit still in the container. I put one drop of pink gel food coloring in one bowl of the Smooth Finish and about 3 drops in the other. I started at the top and over the sides with the white and then with the less pink and finished with the darkest pink. Ombré cakes look easy but no way. I let the Smooth Finish dry completely and with a sanding block, made it as smooth as possible. I made my icing pretty sloppy cause I didn’t want a perfect cake. If you’re looking for that, then press pretty firm and get it in the grooves. Make sure you do a small layer before you the actual icing layers too.

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday GirlI wanted some fun candy on the table so I contacted Lollipics. Look for more on those in another post. I love how they look and they just tied everything together.Lollipics

Candy Buffet

treat bageI just had some smaller decorations from IKEA, Michaels and online. Leila had this little outfit from Target that I spiffed up with some Expressions Vinyl vinyl heat transfer.Expressions Vinyl

Dreamy Birthday for a Birthday Girl

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

Dreamy Birthday Party for a Birthday Girl

I’m digging how this came together and loved seeing how these girls are growing older. I could have done some more treats but they are kids and I don’t need them filing up on sweets. We just had some pizza and a good time. I’m loving my birthday girl and I can’t believe it’s been four years since she came into this world so tiny and fierce.

Clothing DIY - Cricut - DIY - Sewing

Transform your Clothing

June 4, 2014

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I love using my Silhouette Cameo. I’ve been looking into the new Cricut Explore and I’ve been really tempted. I’ve seen it in action and the smoothness, quietness, all the bells and whistles can’t compare, but for now I really do love my Cameo and until I can save my money, I’ll be using that. When I do get my Cricut, you’ll be the first to know! Don’t forget that you can get a free weekly shape in their Design Space too.

EX Party Collage 2

I have used Vinyl Heat Transfer before and let me tell you, I have not been impressed. I have always used the Silhouette America brand. When I was at SNAP! I had the opportunity to meet up with Expressions Vinyl. I asked Megan a lot of questions. I had seen their brand before but never used it because I thought that all VHT was treated the same. Boy was I wrong!

Expressions Vinyl was so kind to send me some of their Vegas Gold VHT to transform Leila’s outfit and my niece Penny’s outfit for our Poodle Party. I really wish I got better pictures of Leila’s bum but a. it’s a little creepy and b. they couldn’t keep still. They just love each other. Don’t they look just alike? lol!

I started with designing my cut files in my program and then I mirror imaged them so that when I ironed them on they will show the correct way. I just used a font called Katie Rose that I purchased for my website and business for $16 and the shape I got in the Silhouette store for $.99 and I just searched for poodle. I do have a subscription and it’s $8 a month and I get $25 worth of shapes a month. Totally worth it!

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Once it was mirrored, it was time to load it into my machine. I don’t use the craft mat when I do vinyl of any kind. That is my preference. You’ll want to adjust your bar as well so that it’ll be 12 inches rather than 13 inches for the mat. I’ve attached some pictures below on what that should look like.
EX Party Collage
Once you’ve done that it’ll be time to load, so press the load media button. When you load it, there will be a shiny side of the VHT and a matte side. Load it in with the shiny side on the bottom. You’ll want your ratchet blade to be on setting 3 though they recommend setting 2. When it got down to the details it was hard to remove the VHT. If your design isn’t super detailed like the poodle, you can get away with a 2 but for my letters I had to use a 3. Adjust the settings on the computer to make sure it matches the machine and press start. I’m still getting used to the new system but so far I think I like it.
EX Party Frenchie 4
Once it is cut, you’ll want to cut away the excess. I use my paper trimmer and cut straight across so that I’ll have a straight line to use the rest at a later time and not a wonky piece. Use your weeding tool and remove the portion that you do not want ironed on. Be very careful because it will come up and it doesn’t just go back down. It’s not like regular vinyl and it does stretch. Once it’s weeded, you’ll want to lay your design where you want it and preheat your iron. Do not have the steam setting on and have it between your cotton and poly setting. You’ll want to place the iron on top of the design and keep the iron moving but be careful to not actually move the plastic because the design may actually move. If it’s hot enough you can peel the design up but it will leave a bit of residue on the clothes. This is a hot/cool peel VHT so you can take it off right away or wait a while to do so.
EX Party Fancy
EX Party Poodle
I really have to say that my mind has been changed about VHT. Expressions Vinyl did this for me. They are a fabulous company with so many options to take care of you. If you are looking for a craft cutting machine, they’ve got you covered too. This Vegas Gold was perfect for our party too. It’s not overly gold and just the right amount of sheen. They shipped this so fast and you get free shipping for orders over $75! If you’re looking to do a wall treatment or even fabric treatment, you can’t beat their prices for their quality. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache. Believe me, I have learned. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated over thinking why something isn’t working for me when knowing there was a better company out there and I didn’t try it due to my own ignorance. You have to give Expressions Vinyl a try! Stay tuned as well, I just may have a giveaway too!
XOXO, Lindsay

Expressions Vinyl did provide me with the materials to recreate this clothing. All opinions are 100% my own.