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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
free mini cupcake and favor boxes
I created a FREE mini cupcake box printable for you to download and make! And here's my favorite part - you can customize the box with a monogram initial of your recipient to make it extra special!

Each box comes with a cupcake tray to hold a mini-sized cupcake! They can be used for so many occasions - make a bunch of boxes with various letters to spell out words or names! Stack them up and they'll make a great table display for birthday, baby showers (gender reveal parties!) or just to give a sweet little gift to a friend!



I've also included SVG files so that you can print and cut on your personal cutting machine! But not to worry if you don't have a cutting machine - there's a PDF file inside so you can easily cut these out the old fashioned way with scissors :) 

If you are using the PDF kit, you can adjust the monogram initial right in the free Adobe Reader software. SVG Kit users, I've included video links and PDF directions so that you can add your own "no cut" text to your files too!


FOR SVG KIT USERS:
There's a couple of little set up tweaks you'll want to make when opening and using these SVGs, and it might be a little different from other SVGs that you've used before, so I've created a couple of handy videos for you!


SILHOUETTE STUDIO V3:
This video is in Version 3 of the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software, but V2 users will find the cut/no cut settings familiar enough to follow along. Also included with this freebie kit, are detailed PDF instructions for both V2 and V3 of the software:

   
SURE CUTS ALOT 3:
If you have another type of machine or use Sure Cuts A Lot 3 (SCAL) software - you'll want to watch this video below. SCAL3 is a 3rd party software that works with many different types of cutting machines: Wishblade, eCraft, Craft Robo and more. This video will also help you if you are using the Sizzix Eclips - ECAL software because it is very similar and designed by the same company who makes Sure Cuts A Lot!


OTHER SOFTWARE:
ECAL: Files work great! Watch the above SCAL video for set up information. SCAL is very similar and designed by the same company who makes ECAL!
Cricut Explore Design Space software: I have not had success getting the files to show properly in this software. I hear they are making updates to the design space so I will test again in a few weeks and update here if it's working.
Brother Scan N Cut: I have not been able to test on this machine/software yet. If you have one, let me know how it works for you! 
SCAL2: These files don't work in earlier versions of SCAL. Must be SCAL3 and up.

HOW-TO PDF GUIDES INCLUDED:
I've spent the last few weeks creating and editing how-to PDF guides that are included in this kit for both Silhouette Designer Edition V2 + V3 and SCAL3 software. I cover importing a SVG, adjusting page and cut settings, adding "no cut" text to any SVG file, and I'll also take you through the print and cut process, these guides give you all the tools you need to work with any of my SVG print and cut kit freebies as well as the files available in my etsy shop.

SPREAD THE WORD:
Links to this freebie printable on pinterest, twitter, facebook etc are very much appreciated! Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this freebie kit!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
how to print + cut in the Silhouette Studio V3 update
Silhouette has come out with a new and much improved update to the Version 3 software that was released a couple weeks ago. 

Whew! I am so glad! I

 use my cutting machine to print and cut my printable kits so I am mainly concerned with how that process works and this update is so much better. 

It opens my SVG files correctly, handles layers better (still some tweaks needed but this is a big improvement), they also brought back the cut/no cut settings. It's generally more user friendly for print and cut. Yippee! 

So today I filmed a little video tutorial how to set up SVG files properly to print and cut in Silhouette V3 newest update! Watch the video below or click here to watch on youtube


For fabulous tips and help with all things Silhouette (+ other cutting machines too!) check out:

Clever Someday Blog - Kay has been beta testing the new version 3 and she is such a huge help to her blog readers with trouble shooting and tips! Make sure to read this post and check back for future updates before you decide if you want to update your software or wait a little bit longer.

Scrappy Diva Karin - Karin has so many free and super helpful videos on all types cutting machines, if you are new or seasoned pro, she's got tips for you. Her info was a lifesaver when I was first starting out using my machine just 2 months ago.

Doodling Debbie - is also a Silhouette software beta tester and she has a comprehensive video on her youtube channel with all the features in the new update to Version3.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
sweet shoppe themed chocolate party
I got an email from Karen of the Elderberry Street blog, with link to her blog and when I clicked over I saw the AMAZING chocolate themed party that she created for a women's retreat all themed around my Sweet Shoppe cupcake box kit!


1) beautiful table set up with vintage jars, tins and packaging
2) you can see here they even re-created my drawing from the front of my Sweet Shoppe on the cake! 
3) look at how many Sweet Shoppe kits she created - 53 boxes total! 
4) make sure to visit Karen's blog to see more pics - you won't want to miss the "cake" centerpieces she created from vintage jello molds and tins you can see just a peek of them in this photo!

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Monday, April 07, 2014
i'm in professional artist magazine!
I was thrilled to be interviewed a few months ago by Kristen Fischer for an article in The January 2014 issue of Professional Artists Magazine! I can only show a little sneak peek but you can purchase this issue as a digital copy here.

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Friday, April 04, 2014
free printable easter bunny ears
How about a freebie! I've created a bunny ears printable that you can download and make. Perfect for Easter or maybe just because you wish spring were here already -  after this crazy winter, I can't wait for the spring weather!!


Here's my friend Amy's adorable son,  Alfredo modeling the ears for you! Thank you Alfredo for being such a good sport! Don't miss Amy's fabulous blog here!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BUNNY EARS PRINTABLE!  -- file is approx 2MB 


To download from the preview widget above, click the arrow button on the bottom right. This will save the high res file to your computer and you will have beautiful bunny ears ready to print and enjoy! :)

Links to this freebie printable on pinterest, twitter, facebook etc are very much appreciated! Spread the word! 

For more fun Easter, Spring (and any occasion printable kits) that you can download and make check out my Etsy store here

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
silhouette studio V3 software update
Silhouette just released a new version of their software, Silhouette Studio Version 3, I'm using the Designer Edition.

I downloaded the software and tested it out, and filmed a quick SVG print and cut tutorial. I made sure to keep Version 2 on my computer and I recommend doing that if you can, or just waiting to download the update until they make any additional changes. There's quite a bit of internet buzz about it so I am sure more changes are coming as they get feedback from everyone who uses it.

If you have already updated, or just want to see what it looks like, here's a quick little video that I filmed for you:


Download your freebie retro eyeglasses kit here! 

UPDATE 4/17/14 
There is a new update to the software. This one is much better and it is so much easier to print and cut! 
I filmed a another video with the steps to print and cut here: 

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