Cupcake wrappers – Free Silhouette Download!


I realize I’ve been sitting here with all these files on my computer, and I haven’t bothered sharing them! I’ll be a little bit better about that in the future. ;) Here you go, two different kinds of cupcake wrappers! They’re sized to fit standard cupcakes. If you need them for larger or smaller cupcakes, you can resize.

Download Scalloped Cupcake Liner

Download Scalloped Lacey Liner

Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: How to Trace an Image

I’ve had a few requests to make cutable files for my readers because they’re not sure how to do it themselves. Usually I just search around the internet a bit and send them whatever tutorial I can find on it, but I figured I may as well make one of my own! This is my first tutorial of this kind, so I hope it’s easy enough to follow along! If you have any suggestions for Silhouette Cameo tutorials, please let me know in the comment section so I can make one for you.

Go to Google or you favorite search engine, and search for whatever it is you’re looking for. I decided to use a cupcake for my example.

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Click on “images” to do an image search.

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Find the image you want to trace, right click, and save.

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Open your image in Silhouette Studio.

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Zoom in so it fills your screen. Depending on what size the image is when you open it, you may need to resize.

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Click on the tracing tool in the upper right hand portion of the screen.

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Click the button to activate the tool.

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Draw a box around the item you want to trace.

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You can mess with the threshold and see how it affects your image, and decide what numbers to keep it at.

Now you have two options. You can either trace around the outside of the object, or do a full trace, which will catch the detail on the inner portion of the object.

Here is an outer trace.

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And here is a full trace.

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And that’s how you trace an image! Next I’ll show you how to edit a traced image to clean it up, make modifications, and much more! I hope this was helpful.

If you have an tips or requests, please leave them in the comments!

Easy Christmas Craft: Snowman Fridge


Happy almost December! It’s officially after Thanksgiving, which means time to gear up for Christmas! Today the kids and I broke out the Christmas tree, lights, and Nativity. Emma watched the Veggie Tales Christmas special and we listened to Christmas music. And we even got our first snow flurries today!

I’ve seen this snowman craft online before, and it’s SO easy! Emma had lots of fun helping me with this one.

You start with black circles. You can use black paper and tape if you’d like, but since I’ve got my Silhouette, I just used vinyl. Plus, vinyl is sturdier than construction paper, and the kids will have a harder time destroying it.

I used 2 large circles, about 4 inches in diameter; and about 12 smaller circles, about 2 inches in diameter. The nose and scarf were just cut out of craft paper and taped on. And the hat is held on with little fridge magnets. The prep work for the project only took 10 minutes or so. Quick, simple, and the kids love it! It also looks adorable and not too tacky. ;)

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Disney Princess Wall Art – FREE DOWNLOAD!

Out of all of the projects I have done with my Silhouette, this Princess project has to be one of my favorites!

A while back I saw something similar pinned on Pinterest from this Etsy shop. Now, I’m not one to go out and spend money on something that I can easily make at home. At the time I didn’t have my machine yet, but I knew I’d have it soon so I re-pinned it until I had the opportunity to make it. I re-created my own version of this adorable art, and I’m going to share my files with my readers! As always, these files were made by me and are original, please use them for personal use ONLY.

Tinkerbell – Download

Belle – Download

Cinderella – Download

Ariel – Download

Disney Castle – Download

Rainbow party!

You might remember last year when I made the Rainbow Cake for Emma’s birthday. This year I went all out and threw a rainbow party. She had a blast! I got another shot at the rainbow cake, and this time I made a 7 layer 6 inch cake. It turned out awesome! I can definitely see the rainbow cake becoming a birthday tradition for her. For detailed instructions on how to make the epic rainbow cake, check out my Ruffle Top Rainbow Cake.

My beautiful girl getting ready to dig into her cake!

With the help of my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo, I made this cute rainbow banner.

For the kids, we made this water pad to jump on.

You can find instructions HERE. Be warned, even with LOTS of tape, there’s a good chance it will spring a leak! We double taped ours and the water still managed to get under the tape and cause a leak. We also had some pointy little toes poke a few holes through the plastic which caused a smaller leak. All in all it lasted us a little less than an hour, and we had lots of kids, little and big, jumping on it. It was money well spent! **note: we used 3.5 mil plastic sheets (a 10×25 foot sheet folded in half, the kind you buy for laying down before painting), and we used super heavy duty duct tape. We taped it around the edges once, and then turned it inside out and taped it again. It takes a long time to fill, so we pulled up a corner and duct taped it to a chair with the hose hanging in it, that way the water didn’t leak out while it filled.

The balloon banner was pretty simple to make. I blew up an equal number of each balloon, using all the colors of the rainbow (I think I used 6 of each color, they were smaller balloons but it would work great with large balloons!). Once you’ve got all your balloons blown up, take a large needle (I used an embroidery needle) and some yarn and heavy duty thread, and thread through the ends of each balloon. It went pretty quickly, and took about 25 minutes to make. I think next time I want to use larger balloons and more balloons and make a giant arch around a doorway.

Another activity we did was a kiddie pool full of bubble solution and various contraptions for blowing bubbles. This unfortunately backfired, and we ended up with kids trying to climb in to go swimming, and suds EVERYWHERE! I think if the kids were a little older, it may have worked out better. But at least they had lots of fun with the suds!

Such a nice big sister, making sure Charlie had plenty of bubbles on his head.

My little country boy. :)

Matching rainbow toesies (don’t mind the permanent flip flop tan lines)

All pooped out at the end of the day.

If you like this rainbow cake, you should check out the mini rainbow cake I made for Charlie’s first birthday HERE. Who would have thought you could use old bean cans as a cake pan?