If you are looking for what to make for an adventure themed baby shower, you have come to the right place! There is nothing more fun and exciting then helping plan a shower for a close friend or family member! When my friend Adrienne announced she would be having her baby boy, we were all excited for her next adventure!
Since, this was her second baby she didn’t want a big fuss, but I never miss out on an opportunity to use my SIlhouette Cameo 3 to make cute things, so I devised a plan to decorate based on the baby room theme, Adventure Awaits! As a result, she was able to reuse some of the decor in baby J’s Adventure themed nursery!
The Plan: Simple Second Baby Shower
The first thing I knew I wanted to make was an Adventure themed diaper cake, They are super easy to put together and it was my gift to her, as it included diapers, and the baby swaddle blankets she registered for, and some other small cute things. If you have never made a diaper cake, it’s super easy. Grab a box of diapers, rubber bands and start rolling. I will make a tutorial soon. I did a single layer around the base and I highly recommend using a bottle of wine or champagne as the centerpiece so you can surprise her when she gets to taking it apart! Maybe she can celebrate her new adventure with a diaper change and a mimosa!
Adventure Themed Diaper Cake
To create the diaper cake, I used a bottle of champagne for the center, 1/2 a box of Pampers Swaddlers size 1 diapers, rubber bands, , a pack of Aden and Anais swaddle blankets, wood slices, little doll house trees, and the topper was 2 hand cut triangles that I painted to look like mountains to match her baby bedding(Woodland Trail 4 Piece Forest Animal Theme Patchwork Baby Boy Crib Bedding Set) I picked up a letter J for Jenson at Michaels and painted it with Americana paint to match. Next, the adventure cake needed to be covered, so I wrapped the blankets around the layers of diapers and tucked them in. After that, I wrapped the ribbon around to hold the adventure blankets in place. The ribbon I secured with sewing pins, and I strategically placed trees to cover them! Fill in the layers with a little blue crinkle paper, and you are ready to go! I put this on a silver plastic platter from Costco for easy transport, but you could easily use a cake board or tray. I originally was going to use a giant wood slice, but I couldn’t find one I liked last minute! We are so excited to be on this adventure with Adrienne and baby J!
Supplies | Adventure Themed Diaper Cake
That’s it! Super easy and super cute Adventure Awaits diaper cake took me less than an hour to make…(paint your letter first!, it takes 2 coats!)
If you are looking for more ideas on what to make for an Adventure Awaits themed baby shower, stay tuned, more projects from this shower are coming soon, including the Don’t wake the bear door sign, trail mix favors, DIY onesie bar, and how I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to tie it all together
Are you searching and waiting and wondering what you need to order with a heat press? I spent months looking for the best deal, researching what I wanted to make, and ultimately landed on a 15×15 clamshell style press, but I had no idea what I needed to go with it. If this is you, you’re in luck. I’ve prepared a list of what I bought, and am sharing some of my favorite projects below!
Must Have Heat Press Accessories
Teflon Sheet to protect your press and items to be pressed.
Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
My favorite brand is Siser and there are 3 types I use most of the time.
Sister Heat Transfer
Sister Stretch (good for baby clothes and ladies shirts that stretch with the bust)
You should also know there are some beautiful printed HTV patterns, and I buy mine from here! Check out all of these floral and holiday patterns! I love them all! Printed Heat Transfer Vinyl
Each type comes in multiple colors and sheet sizes, so you can order just what you need for your project!
Blank Items to press
Some of my favorite creations have been made using my heat press. I like to look for inexpensive blanks so that I can change things up frequently. Here’s a few ideas!
I love my Silhouette Cameo 3, and highly recommend it. You can also use a Cricut machine to cut Heat Transfer Vinyl. If you need help picking which one is right for you, join us on Facebook at Cameo Craft Class and we can talk to you about some of the differences.
Check out some of these Heat Transfer Vinyl Projects!
Felt Board Scare Crow Face! So cute, and super easy. I love that he can be reused!
Printed Heat Transfer Vinyl Shirt paired with Siser glitter for our Disney trip!
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Are you a teacher who needs more organization and fun in the classroom? Do you need to make inexpensive gifts for coworkers, family, and friends? Maybe you just want to take your classroom decor to the next level! With the Silhouette Cameo 3 and the right accessories you can do just that!
I bought my silhouette Cameo 3 from Amazon and got free shipping, and you should too! The pink one just came out in October of 2017 and it is amazing! It comes with a cutting mat and blade in the box, so all you need is some cardstock, vinyl, and a little bit of imagination to get off and running.
Some of my favorite classroom projects with the Silhouette Cameo 3 are below
Bulletin Boards with cut out letters. Laminate them and you can reuse them year after year! You can use Cardstock or patterned scrapbook paper along with the fonts on your computer to create stunning displays that will create a space worthy of inspiration and awesomeness that will have all of your teacher friends peeking in with awe
Labels for everything! Using adhesive vinyl like Oracle 631 or Oracle 651 you can label everything from clipboards, to bathroom passes, reading areas, folders, supply cabinets, and on and on and on. It is easily wiped clean from little kid germs, but can be removed if needed for something else. You can even get some in chalkboard material if you want to make some chalkboard labels!
Stickers! Using the print and cut feature you can make your own stickers for your planner, grade book, calendar, and to pass out to your kiddos whenever you want!
Class Door Decor! Welcome your kids to class with a fun inspiring display that shows off your personality. A fun door can set the tone for a great day, and can easily be changed with the seasons with a Silhouette Cameo 3!
White Board Labels just got way cuter with the Silhouette Cameo 3. Use vinyl to cut them out and apply with contact paper for a semi permanent way to keep track of the date, the weather, or who is the line leader this week. The possibilities are endless!
Teacher T shirts! Use the Cameo 3 to make the cutest t shirts for all of the school dress up days! I recommend Siser Stretch, which I will post links for below!
Personalized gifts! From Clipboards to cups, to pencil holders and bags, you can personalize almost anything with the Silhouette Cameo 3!
Photo Props, make the first day of school and class parties extra fun with some awesome photo props created with the Cameo!
Ok, So here is a quick list with links for what you need to do all of the fun stuff listed above
Silhouette Cameo 3. You can buy it by itself or in a bundle! I like to buy things separately so I don’t end up with tools and accessories I never use, but here’s a great bundle for your convenience that includes vinyl for decals and sketch pens you could use to color awesome bulletin board letters!
2. Vinyl for decals, labels, and whiteboard labels. I recommend using Oracle 651 for all of these and here’s a great bundle that has lots of colors. I tend to use black a lot, so it would be wise to get a roll of that to save you some money! The bundle below comes with lots of colors so you can see them all and customize lots of different things! Never put this vinyl in the or microwave, and I recommend hand washing for cups so they last longer! 😉
3. Vinyl for Shirts I recommend Siser Stretch for ladies shirts so that the image has some give to accommodate your chest. It is also great for baby onesies or kids shirts that get stretched when pulled on and off. There’s a bundle with all the colors here, but you might just want to start with white and black until you have a shirt in mind you want to make. White and Black will get you through Dr. Seuss week 😉 You can also add some glitter vinyl which looks amazing on shirts. Never layer glitter vinyl on top of glitter vinyl, but you can put it on top of stretch no problem.
4.Cardstock My favorite cardstock for banners and letters is Co’ordinations from JoAnn fabric. It comes in lots of colors and you can find it on sale regularly. I prefer the smooth finish over the canvas texture. It cuts beautifully, and can be laminated, or turned into a sticker with a Xyron machine easily. Make sure to check the app for a coupon!
5. Other Necessary Accessories The machine comes with a mat and cutting blade, but you also need weeding tools and transfer tape to work with vinyl. My favorite weeding tools are actually dental picks like these, and my favorite transfer tape is Contact paper for beginners. It is super inexpensive, and doesn’t leave residue when you are removing it. Make sure you buy the one with the blue grid lines. The new one they came out with has gray lines and doesn’t work as well! The paper cutter allows you to cut the edge of vinyl or cardstock straight so you can reuse the unused part easily. The scraper on the far right below helps you transfer vinyl onto the contact paper, and then onto the surface you are applying it to. I have been known to use a kitchen spatula when I couldn’t find mine, but this one works well, and is inexpensive!
6. Nice to have If you are going to make lots of shirts I highly recommend a heat press. It will save you lots of time and your shirts will last longer. If you are just starting out, maybe get one after you master cutting the other vinyl things! Xyron sticker machine. It turns anything you cut out with the silhouette into a sticker! They also have cartridges you can add to turn things into magnets, or laminate, but the sticker things is what I use the most. It makes applying letters to banners so much easier!
That should be enough to get you started! I can’t wait to see what your classrooms look like! Join us in the Cameo Class group beginning January 2017 where we work together to create a project step by step together! It’s a great place for beginners to come and learn how to use the software!
Here are some teacher designs available for download in the Silhouette Studio library just to give you a sneak peek. They are all available for purchase for 99 cents normally, and can be found on sale throughout the year! Make sure you check in every week for the free design they give you!
and here’s some cute teacher project ideas!
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Are you wanting to make wood signs with vinyl? Here’s a complete tutorial showing you the supplies I use and the steps I take to make wood signs with vinyl.
I love to make wood signs with vinyl because I don’t have to finish the entire project in one night. I rarely have time to complete any crafting projects in one night with my son running around. Using this process, you can start and stop as needed. Lets get started.
Supplies to Make Wood Signs with Vinyl
1.Pick your base- Lowes has a great selection of Pine, my favorite, but if you aren’t comfortable with a saw, or have been forbidden from using it because your husband thinks you don’t pay attention, then a blank sign from Hobby Lobby or Michaels are the perfect choice to make wood signs with vinyl.
I like to use Pine when I make wood signs with vinyl. It stains and paints easy, is smooth and requires little sanding. Also worth mentioning, I can staple a hanger on the back by myself. You can also make wood signs with vinyl from pallet wood, old fence panels, or an old cabinet door! The smoother the wood, the less bleeding you will encounter, but I have tips below to help prevent bleeding!
2. Stain or Paint- My favorite wood stain when I want to make wood signs with vinyl is Rust-Oleum Kona . It comes in several colors and dries in an hour or so, so I can stain my wood while my son is sleeping, apply the stencil I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo 3, and seal it in the same day!
*Remember to work in a well ventilated area and wear a mask if you are sensitive to fumes*
Chalk paint has almost no smell. If you are sensitive to fumes, I recommend using it to make a wood sign with vinyl. It goes on like butter, fills in some or all of the wood dents, and can be distressed in different ways.
Annie Sloan chalk paint is amazing! If you try other brands, and then this brand you will never go back! I pick up my chalk paint at a local boutique, but you can make your own chalk paint, or order it on line too. I love chalk paint over staining when I make wood signs with vinyl because it doesn’t give off the harsh smell that stain does. As a result, I can paint in the garage while my son is decorating a bird house or watering plants. You might be able to find it in a local boutique, but here’s an amazon link below just in case!
Acrylic paint- If you aren’t quite ready to invest in chalk paint to make wood signs with vinyl, you can use acrylic paint. My favorite one is Americana in White. It dries fast, gives great coverage, compared to other acrylic paints comes in lots of colors, and is affordable! I normally have to do a few coats with this depending on the color i’m using. It also is more likely to peel up when removing the stencil, but a quick touch up can fix any boo boos.
3. Paint Brush- I like to use foam brushes and just toss them afterwards to apply the paint and stain when I make a wood signs with vinyl stencils. They don’t leave the brush strokes that a regular paint brush leaves, they apply a smooth coat, and you can dab them in an up and down motion when filling in the stencil. This helps prevent bleeding. Because I am cheap, I sometimes cut the tip off of one and then use it again for the next sign if the paint hasn’t saturated the brush!
4. Oramask stencil Vinyl for stencil or oracle 631- I prefer the Oramask Stencil Vinyl with my cutting machine when I make wood signs with vinyl stencils because it is a little see through. This makes it easier to see where you are placing it on the sign. It also easily tears off in pieces when you are removing it which can be helpful. In addition, the blue film isn’t as sticky as vinyl, but gives a great seal. It is made for making sign stencils. Definitely a game changer for me when I started making signs to sell.
5.Contact Paper-The Contact Paper is used to transfer the stencil from it’s paper backing to the wood. Once you have it on you can use a Scaper like this one to smooth the stencil onto the wood. I sometimes use a kitchen spatula or plastic spoon when I can’t find mine! =)
6. Stencil- I use my Silhouette Cameo 3 and Silhouette Studio Software, which is included, to create the designs I use when I make wood signs with vinyl. I have been using this brand for several years and just upgraded to the new model.
I used it to cut the stencils for all of the signs below! My Cameo Craft Class group will be learning to use this vinyl in the future to make signs. If you are interested you should join us! It’s an on line instruction on how to make everything step by step!
7. Sealer- After you apply your painted stencil, I highly recommend sealing it. Chalk Paint has a wax sealer you can use, but it has to be reapplied every so often, which I don’t have time for, so my go to sealer for al signs is Minwax Polycrylic in Satin Finish . It comes in glossy too, but i prefer the satin! It doesn’t yellow over time, and can be applied with the foam brushes too!
Steps to Make Wood Signs with Vinyl Stencil
Cut your wood and sand the edges until its smooth. Clean all the excess dust and dirt off with an old cotton shirt or paper towel
Apply your stain or paint with a foam brush to one side and let it dry. Once dry, flip and stain the other side.
Cut out your stencil! I like to measure my sign and then draw a rectangle that size in the Silhouette Studio 4.1 software so that i know how big i can make my design. place the stencil material blue side up on your cutting mat, cut on the matte vinyl setting, and then weed out the part you want to fill in with paint.
Use contact paper to transfer the stencil to the sign. I like to use it because it’s not too sticky, and it’s clear making placement on the sign easier. You can use other transfer tape, I just prefer contact paper for this particular project. For longer signs it is easier to start at the top and line up the edges of the contact paper with the edge of the vinyl backing paper. Then slowly roll down and smooth with the scraper.
Once the stencil is secured to the contact paper, gently lift it off the backing ensuring you pick up all the pieces, and line up the top corners and gently smooth down. For longer signs, keep the backing paper close in case you need to put it under the design. This can aide in lining up the stencil to the sign.
Fill in the Design with paint. Once the stencil is on the sign, use your foam brush to gently fill in the stencil. I like to start towards the middle and work my way out. Make sure you don’t get too much paint. Dab off the excess on a paper plate a couple times before you dab the sign. If your wood surface is bumpy add a coat of Mod Podge to the stencil edges and let dry before you paint. This will help make crisper lines. After 2-3 coats of paint you can remove the stencil. Use a sewing pin to remove the inner parts of A’s E’s O’s etc easily.
Seal-One last step to make wood signs with vinyl. Seal that bad boy with a thin coat of Minwax listed above. Let it dry overnight. Here in Houston I let mine dry 2 days.
If you plan to make lots of signs, these sawtooth hangers are amazing, and less expensive than buying them at the hardware store normally! I attach them with my staple gun, or you could use command strips to hang them too!
Finish projects sold well at my craft show!
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How do you ship glass ornaments so they don’t break? I’m no expert, but I have shipped over 1,000 just like this, and I’m here to share my best shipping tips with you! Don’t be scared. People love to buy Christmas ornaments for Christmas gifts, and personalizing them with a silhouette cameo is easy, so don’t let shipping hold you back!
Put a scrunch of packing paper in the bottom of the box
Wrap the ornament in 2 12×12 sheets of bubble wrap.
Place ornament inside box. I use 6x6x4 for the M&M style ornaments and 5x5x5 inch for the medium round and 6x6x6 for the large round size.
Fill in the top of the box with more packing paper so that the ornament doesn’t move.
Ship First Class Mail. Do not ship priority unless you double box. Priority mail takes boxes up to 70 pounds and your pretty ornament will be destroyed!
You can print labels from home using your home printer and tape them to the box, or if you start selling and print lots of labels get a DYMO 4XL label printer. It was by far the best thing I bought my crafting business last Summer, and I use the aftermarket labels below. 220 rolls for $8 is a great deal and saves so much packing tape! With the Dymo 4xl you can print labels with Etsy or Paypal, and they have discounts on shipping with USPS and even Fed EX.
Here are the supplies I use to ship if you need quick links!
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Finding great deals on vinyl can be challenging. I have purchased mine from all over the internet and at local stores in Texas and Oklahoma. After 5 years in business I wanted to share with you guys some of the best places I have found to purchase vinyl supplies
Amazon If you have prime, Amazon is a great place to buy supplies. You can get free shipping, and you can see all of the positive reviews other crafters have left from purchasing the same supplies, and it ships really fast! If you don’t have prime, you can get a 30 day free trial here and try it out! Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
The more popular colors I order in rolls, so White Oracle 651 Vinyl is only $7 shipped today with the link below if you have prime. Red Oracle Vinyl in a 12×6 foot roll is $7.49, it’s great to have on hand for Christmas, Valentines Day, and 4th of July crafts, not to mention all of the sports teams! People love red! Black is also only $7.49, and one of those colors you use year round. If you only need individual colors now and don’t want to pay shipping with a company you don’t know or trust. Order these!
Here’s some projects I have made with these products.
CSDSVinyl! They are amazing! They ship all in stock items the same day if ordered before 2pm, and have some awesome sales every week, Like this week they are offering 30% off all of their printed XMAS Christmas vinyl! So many pretty colors and patterns to use to make cute shirts and pillows! Check it out here CSDS Printed HTV Sale If you are looking for individual 12×12 sheets in assorted colors I like to order from here on Thursdays when they have the buy one get one free sale. Here’s a link to all the colors they have. CSDS 651 Vinyl OptionsThey are so much cheaper than buying other brands in local craft stores and the quality is amazing! I am lucky enough to have one of their local stores 10 minutes away, and it is great to have access to all of the pretty printed vinyl they have in stock, and their selection of crafting blanks is nice too! One last thing, when you order from CSDS Vinyl they also have a loyalty rewards program that gives you points for ordering with them that you can cash in later. Saturdays is free shipping day on orders over $50. You will love ordering from here. Fast, professional, affordable, and carries amazing stuff.
Expressions Vinyl.com is where I placed my very first vinyl order. They have great service, but you have to spend a certain dollar amount to get free shipping. When I was first starting out funds were limited, so I never ordered enough to get the free shipping…it was a bummer to have to pay it, but my product always arrived in a timely manner, and it cut beautifully. Something a newbie like me was relieved about, after trying other brands from Hobby Lobby. DO NOT BUY PAPER STUDIO VINYL…..it will make your heart sad, and you will feel like a failure when it doesn’t cut right. It’s not you…it’s them!
Check out this link on my first vinyl project if you need inspiration or help on how to make a ring dish with a monogram DIY Ring DIsh
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