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MHCT&M: Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools

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  Hello there makers! 

 

This month we have been sharing our very favorite craft tools every Friday. 

If you know me, then you know my very favorite craft tool ever is my Silhouette Cameo. I thought I would share some of my very favorite Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools with you! 

 

 

  

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The Silhouette Cameo 3 is my favorite ever craft tool because it’s so versatile and I can create so many things using it. From stencils to paint signs or decor for walls, to paper crafts, to party decorations, to apparel and so much more.  

 

 

 

 

Because this machine is so versatile, there are lots of accessories that you can choose to purchase with it and for it. 

 

I think it’s always important to have an extra blade on hand. Though mine always last a really long time, I think it’s important to have a back up. Picture yourself, late night crafting session, and your blade is dull. No craft stores open… what do you do before panic sets in and you have to call it quits for the night?! Pull out your spare, girl! Crafterhours saved! 

 

 

Though your machine comes with a mat, you will need replacements. You can choose to get a standard 12×12 or a 12×24 which is on my wish list.  

 

 

To have even more design abilities, I suggest getting the Silhouette Design Edition. It’s an upgrade to the program that the machine comes standard with. I highly recommend this, and it’s definitely worth the extra cost.

  

 

 

 

You’ll also want the Silhouette tool pack to help with weeding vinyl and paper crafting. The tools make life so much easier!

  

 

When storing your Silhouette, it’s important to keep it covered to keep the dust off of it. There are several colors of these covers you can choose from to buy or you can  make your own.  

 

 

 If you travel places with your Silhouette, say to a friend’s house to craft or maybe you use it in your classroom, I suggest purchasing a tote! They come in handy by making transport easy and a bit safer for your machine.

 

 

 

 I love making things with vinyl! This starter kit is great so you can get the feel for working with vinyl before you buy a bigger order of it.  

 

 

  Once you get the hang of your Silhouette and you’re ready to make even more fun things like shirts, you’ll love this heat transfer vinyl multipack! You will also want to make things like cups, coffee mugs, and wall art, so you’ll want regular vinyl as well.  

  

 

 And if you get really into making shirts, you’ll want a heat press. This makes the vinyl adhere so much better than irons and the longevity of the shirt is so much better.  

 

 

 To transfer your vinyl designs over easily, you’ll need a roll of transfer tape. You save money when you buy a bigger roll, and you’ll go through it so it’s necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

I am all about organizing my supplies, especially my vinyl otherwise it ends up all over the place. I like storing it rolled up in magazine holder.

  

 

To help cut your vinyl, transfer paper, and other paper, I love my Fiskar Scissors

They are super sharp and work so well. 

 

 

 

For more fun, you should try out the sketch pens

Use them to create cards, invitations, tags, addressing envelopes, making wall art, and so much more.  

 

 

 

There are so many more things you can get for your Silhouette, but these are my must haves. 

I hope you find them helpful and that they make your crafting even more fun!

 

 

  

 

 

Join us next week for Allison’s must have craft supplies!

 

 

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MHCT&M: Must Have General Craft Supplies

It’s a new month and a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!

 

This post contains affiliate links. 

 

This month the girls and I are going to be sharing must have craft supplies that we keep in our craft rooms. These are supplies that we love and know you will, too!

 

 

 Must have craft supplies to make your general crafting WAY easier! 

 

I’m focusing on general craft supplies. These are supplies I keep within arms reach of my work space. We’re talking my favorite adhesives, cutting tools, and more. I don’t have a specific crafting niche, I dip my hand in a little bit of everything, so these are my must haves for all the various crafts I make.

We will be using affiliate links this month on these posts, meaning a tiny portion of any sales made through a click on any of the links will go into our pocket. But these links also make it easier for you to find our favorite products! 

 

 

  Of course I have to start with my Silhouette Cameo. I honestly use it ALL the time for paper crafts, vinyl crafts, and several other things. I also purchase all of my replacement cutting mats and cutting blades online. They are Prime and SOOO convenient!

There is also an AMAZING deal available online for a $25 gift card to the Silhouette Store that sells for less than $15! 

They not only make great gifts for your friends that have a Silhouette, but will save you $$$ on the $.99 downloadable designs in the Silhouette Store! 

 

 

 Speaking of things that cut… this folding paper trimmer from Making Memories is the BEST paper trimmer you could ever get your hands on. Unfortunately they seem to be hard to get ahold of these days. I originally purchased mine at Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon!) several years ago. The blade self-sharpens each time you use it so you NEVER have to replace the blade! If you ever run across one, snatch it up! 

 

 

 A good pair of precision scissors are a must have as well. I like this pair from EK Success. I’ve had my pair for years and have yet to need to sharpen them. And I like that they have a safety cover for when I’m not using them. 

 

 

 Next up under the “cutting” category is this set of X-acto knives. One is a typical X-acto knife, great for precision cutting and cutting straight lines. Another has a swivel tip (my favorite!) for cutting out curvy shapes. And the third is heavy duty for cutting cardstock and thicker materials. They come in this handy wooden case with spare blades. 

 

 

 I sew a bit but I also use my Fiskars rotary cutter for other materials as well. I know that is a big no no for people who sew, but I keep separate blades for different materials. You can label them so that you don’t use your “fabric” blade on paper and whatnot. They are great for anything large you need cut!

 

  

 And with any rotary cutter you must have a cutting mat. I actually have two. A small one (18″x12″) for cutting small items with my X-acto knifes and a large one (36″x24″) for cutting large items with the rotary cutter. These are self-healing and will last forever if treated correctly! 

 

 

 

 I also keep an acrylic ruler handy to use with my X-acto knives and rotary cutter. It’s the best way to ensure a perfectly straight line. This one is super awesome because it also acts as a centering ruler which makes placing items on fabric or paper easy to place. It’s great for working with vinyl, too, and getting that placement just right. 

 

 

 One more MUST HAVE cutting tool is the Crop-a-dile. I don’t use it so much for the eyelet setting aspect because I don’t use them much anymore (I did when I scrapbooked), but it is the most amazing paper punch ever. You can cut through thick stacks of paper like butter! It’s great for making banners and whatnot.

 

  

 Although I don’t use it super often, I do use my Martha Stewart scoring board often enough to keep nearby while I’m working. Any piece of paper I need folded I always turn to the scoring board for perfect creases. I also like that the scoring tool and ruler can be stored in board. 

 

 

 Moving on to adhesives, any good crafter will have multiple adhesives on hand for creating. 

Let’s start with wet adhesives. 

These 3 are my absolute favorite wet adhesives for various media. They all happen to be from the same company, Beacon.

The Zip Dry is a fast drying adhesive perfect for paper crafts. It doesn’t wrinkle the paper like most wet adhesives.

3-in-1 is great for general crafting. I always tell people it’s like a cold hot glue gun. It dries super fast and you don’t get burned in the process!

Fabri-Tac, as you might imagine, is used on fabric. It doesn’t dry stiff so it leaves fabrics flexible and is also quick drying like the other 2 wet adhesives. 

 

 

 Now for the dry adhesives. 

I have two absolutely must haves: Super Tape and the Glue Glider Pro

Super Tape is a double sided, super heavy duty tape that is not letting go of anything. When you use it you don’t have to worry about anything ever coming loose. I love it for adding paper to heavy duty media like cardboard and even wood. 

 

The Glue Glider Pro has various cartridges available (i.e. repositionable, permanent, etc.) though I generally stick to the basic High Tac cartridge. I love that it is easy to apply the adhesive and use it ALL the time for paper crafting. 

 

 

 

 I tend to add a lot of paint to various craft projects. Whether I’m flat out painting something or just adding a touch of color to a project, I love, love, love having one of these Artist Brush Tubs on my desk. My craft space is nowhere near a sink. And I don’t necessarily want to have to stop what I’m doing to go rinse off a brush. So I keep this tub with water (it comes with a lid) on my desk all the time and open it up when needed. No more ruined paintbrushes because I didn’t rinse them in time (or forgot about them altogether!).

  

 

 

What do you think? Do you already have some of these or something similar? 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite craft supplies! 

 

 

 Must Have Craft Tips & More! 

 

 

 Stay tuned next every Friday this month for more must have craft supplies!

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: Creative Desk Organization Ideas

 Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks! 
 It’s a new month and time for a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series! 
 
Schools in the south start a little earlier than the rest of the country, so we are going to get a jump start on that and look at some ideas for back to school. 
Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Today I’m focusing on keeping an organized desk. 
Let’s face it, no one wants to work on a cluttered desktop. It offers zero appeal to get anything done, whether it’s your desk or child’s. 
This roundup of tips will help you keep a lot of your supplies up out of the way and keep things tidy. 
Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
  Binder Clip Cable Keepers from Wired 

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
  Clear Containers to See Your Supplies from Forever Free by Any Means 

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
  Organize Drawers with Trays from Modish & Main 

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
  Recipe Book Holder for Textbooks, source unknown 

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
 
Lazy Susan from The Scrap Shoppe

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
   Quick Desk Organization with Crates from Studio DIY 

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
  
Roll-Away Storage Desk from Better Homes & Gardens 

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Clipboard Storage from Hawthorne & Main 

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
  Memo Board from Little Glass Jar

  

These are pretty clever, don’t you think?
 I wish I had thought of that recipe book holder to use for textbooks back when I was in school! 
Must Have Craft Tips & More!

Stay tuned every Friday this month for more great back to school tips and tricks!

 

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: 15 Awesome DIY Backyard Games

Hello, hello! Yay for Friday! 
Allison here once again and it is time to finish out this month’s summer posts today.
 I am bringing you lots of ideas for DIY Backyard Games to make those summer get togethers even more fun!

There are so many fun ideas out there and here are 15 that caught my eye! 


 How fun are all those games?!
Which one are you going to build this summer for fun with your family and friends?

Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic!

 

 

Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas

Hello and happy Friday, friends! 
With it being summertime, it’s the perfect time for partying outdoors with your family and friends. I gathered up the Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas so that you can throw the ultimate backyard party. 

 

 Everything from food, games, lighting, DIYs, tips, and more! 
 

 

 

 


 

 

Condiment Station using mason jars 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

  

 

 

   
  
  
 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t you ready to throw your next backyard barbecue?!
 I know I am! 
I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas.
Stay tuned for more summertime tips and ideas from Allison next week! 

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: Projects for the Beach, Lake or Pool

With summer finally here, that means that it’s time to head to the beach! (At least, that’s what I wish it would mean). While we might not make it to the beach this year, I’m still dreaming of a trip! 
 I’ve gathered up some of my favorite projects to make for the beach – but a lot of these would be great for trips to the lake or pool too!
  
Here are some fun projects to make up to get you all set for relaxing by the water!
 

Sewing Pattern for a "Splash Proof" zippered phone pouch. Totally making one of these for summer.

 


 

{BLOGGED}: Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag:  

 

 

 

DIY Reversible Picnic Blanket

 

 

 

 

Free Sewing Pattern for a Straw Tote Bag - cute summer beach bag pattern!

 

 DIY Fabric Chapstick Holder....attach to purses, backpacks, keychains, etc. | via Make It and Love It:  
 

 

 

DIY Tiki Torches - upcycle bottles into portable mosquito repellents!

 

 

The cutest DIY retro beach umbrella for under $100 by Sugar and Cloth! - houston blogger - summer

 

 

swim cover up

 

 

Create a small seashell bag for collecting shells down by the seashore. ;) FREE SVG file!

 

 

 

  
 Carry It All Tote-001 
So many fun ideas right? 
I’m ready to get crafting! 
Make sure you come back next week – Kara will have tons of great tips, diy’s and food and more for your outdoor BBQ’s! 
Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: Amazing DIY Outdoor Decor Ideas

Hello, friends! Michele here with a new theme for our fun monthly series, Must Have Craft Tips & More! 
This month we’re focusing on all things summer! School’s out. Kids are home. The temps are warming up. There are so many directions for us to take this summer theme! 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas! 
I’m focusing on all things outdoors this week! Once the temps go up, it’s a great time to move your living outside after being cooped up all winter. These amazing DIY outdoor projects will have your space looking top notch! 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas! 
  DIY Pergola from That’s What Che Said

 Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 Brick Library from KU Alumni Association 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 DIY Tiki Torches from The Scrap Shoppe 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 DIY Lamp Posts from I Should be Mopping the Floor 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 Pineapple Door Mat from Lydia Out Loud 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas! 
  Solar Chandelier from Dive of DIY 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 Moss Graffiti from Green Prophet
 Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas! 
Sedum Path from A Garden in Bethlehem PA 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 Painted Floor Tiles from Old Brand New 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas! 
 
 Wine Barrel Table from Centsational Girl 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 Upholstered Patio Furniture from Place of My Taste 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
 
 Upcycled Rope Ottomans at Style Me Pretty 
Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas! 
  Planter/Hose Holder from DIY Candy

 

 I hope you’re inspired! I can’t wait to try a few of these out in my outdoor space.
 Must Have Craft Tips & More! 
Stay tuned next Friday for more fun summer-themed ideas!

 

 

Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: Glorious Patriotic Wreaths

Happy Friday! 
Allison here, back with our last week of Patriotic goodness.

 It is Memorial Day weekend and with that comes a longer weekend so why not craft up one of these fabulous Patriotic Wreaths to place on your door for this holiday and the upcoming patriotic holidays?!

So many great ideas!
Which is your favorite?

 

Stay tuned for a whole new topic of posts next month! 

 

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: Patriotic Outdoor Decor

Hello makers and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More.
Kara from Mine for the Making here to bring you more fun craft tips.  
 
  We’ve been sharing all things patriotic this month, so I thought I would share some really fun Patriotic Outdoor Decor with you! Let’s get our patios and backyards ready for the upcoming holidays. 
  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
  

 

 

 

Painted Flag Picnic Table (source unknown) 
 
  

 

 

 

  
 Stick American Flag (source unknown) 

 

 

 

 

 

Such fun ways to dress up your outdoor area for the upcoming patriotic holidays! Now you’re ready for BBQs and fireworks with friends and family. 
  
Thanks for joining us for another tips-filled-Friday. I’d love to hear how you decorate your outdoor space for Memorial Day and Independence Day!

 

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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MHCT&M: Fabulous Patriotic Sewing Projects

With Memorial Day and July 4th just around the corner – it’s the perfect time to start some patriotic sewing projects! I’ve gathered up some inspiration for you – I think there are so many fun things to make here!

There are fun home projects, cute things to wear and sweet party decor! Let’s dive in!

 

 

 

 

Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers

 

 

finished scrappy flag day quilt block

 

 

How to Make an Easy DIY Bandana Tablecloth - This easy patriotic red, white, and blue DIY Bandana Tablecloth is a fun and frugal Summer and 4th of July patriotic idea, with a full tutorial. So cute and festive! 

 

 

 

American Flag Quilt Tutorial 

 

Soften outdoor chairs with no-sew pillow covers crafted from contrasting bandannas. Sandwich one cushion between two scarves, then join each corner together with a rubber band and hide bands with thin ribbon, as shown.

 

 bean bag toss game 
 DIY Pocket Tee for the 4th of July - includes templates for the pocket and outline of the USA  

 

 

DIY Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag

 

 

 

Stars and stripes pillow6
Which is your favorite? I think I want to make that scrappy pillow or the American Flag pillow. So cute!!
Come back next week for more fun patriotic projects!

 

 

 

Your hostesses,
 

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