Almost there, the english version of my plotter book

Last night I got some first books to check if everything is fine, before the whole quantity will be bound.

This was so exciting!!!

The Germans are full of praise about “Frisch Geschnitten” and I am so happy about the good reviews.
It was like a miracle, that I met Lesley, a wonderful translator, right in time to translate the book.  While she was busy with the text I was reworking all screenshots, photos and some of the projects.

It was almost impossible to get this done before christmas, but we did it. The night before it had to go into printing we had the last phone call at 2 AM. And in the morning just before uploading the final file my patient partner with the sharpe eyes found a thick fat bad mistake…waahhhhhh…sometimes you just overlook the most obvious things…

In the beginning of next week the books are ready to be delivered. And I hope that many english speaking people also love the playful step-by-step instructions on how to use your cutting machines to its fullest.
For preorder you can go to my Etsy shop or Amazon.co.uk.

For now the books will be sent from Germany. I will carry part of the shipping costs, so this is affordable.
Later we see if there are better ways to deliver the book internationally.

Have a great weekend!

Angelika

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T-Shirt decorations with heat transfer material and Silhouette Cameo

To try and test all the various heat transfer glitter, mirror, basketball structured and velvet materials available I went through my closet and just used some old t-shirts (just in case I damage everything….lol…), but I must say it was big fun and they all look so much better than I ever expected. I LOVE to wear them and nobody can see they are self-made.
Some are even washed 2 times and the film is still fixed perfectely.

My favorite is the neon pink “No No-Shirt” and the one with the coffee advertising.

Have a great Sunday!

Angelika

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Gift tags and stickers from Ikea gift wrapping paper

I just couldn’t walk by that beautiful paper when we were at IKEA lately.
I thought these lovely animal illustrations are perfect to be cut into matching tags and stickers.

This is so easy with the Silhouette Cameo and the PixScan mat.
You can do it with any kind of gift paper also with used one.

Have fun!

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First you roughly cut the motifs you like and fix them on double sided adhesive sheets. I used those from Silhouette and they are working great as expected. Just take care, that the “full sandwich” will not be too thick.

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Then you make a pic with your smart phone, tablet or scanner. It should be as bright and as straight as possible.
I tried to fool Silhouette Studio with making the pic upside down. You can see the arrow on the mat pointing down.

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Then you fire up SilhouetteStudio, click pixscan (the 3rd icon top left) and import your picture.
SilhouetteStudio is not to be fooled 🙂 It turned the pic perfectly all by itself!!! Very cool.

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Now you create your cut lines by tracing or by drawing them by hand. Please save the file so you can use the outlines for the motifs later for your next pic or scan just by copying it into the new file/work space.
Take care, that your cut lines are set to “cut” in the cutting menu.

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I had huge problem to have the registration marks read so after some research I knew you have to keep a distance to the left mark on the machine (see arrow) when you feed in the mat.
Maybe this is just a bug and will be resolved once.

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Now you can check your cut settings and send to Silhouette to start cutting.
I used much too thick card stock and had to repeat the cut several times, but in the end I had beautiful stiff animal cards, precious enough to be used over and over again.

For the stickers you put the motifs fixed on the double sided adhesive on the pixScan mat and adjust your cut settings to sticker paper. I will use mine for solid color gift packages later.

Good luck with your own projects!

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It smells like fish…fishy underwater notecards

They just fit into the vacation and beach time: colorful underwater themed aquarium fishes.

I made these printable collage sheets and found my test prints on A3 coming out too big for embellishments. And I messed up the print and cut marks for the Silhouette Cameo to cut them with the machine.

But the fishes looked so cool, so I decided to cut them by hand with a little border and making note cards from it. I am not the worlds best stamper, but tried some things and it worked. I fixed leather and silk bands and ended up with a couple of pretty usable gift tags.

You can get the collage sheets here

Have fun!
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Hat Box Tutorial – DIY craft project for electronic cutting machines

This is a step by step tutorial to create the charming little paper hat boxes I just released.
It is cut on a Silhouette Cameo, but it should work also for similiar cutters and software which is svg compatible.

You can get the svg file here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/198100414/svg-hat-box-digital-cut-file-diy-project

Tips:
– cut the files twice with matching paper and combine them, so you get directly two beautiful bicolored boxes
– edge blending (coloring the cut white paper edges and holes) gives the box an even more realistic and used look.

Be prepared the first box will be a bit tricky and fiddling until you know how to hold everything best.
Depending on the thickness of your paper the parts are fitting more or less tight. You might have to adjust the parts a little bit in width.

The second box will be much easier, big promise! And from the third it will be a breeze and so much fun.
I guess your friends and family will rib them out of your hands.

Much success and please contact me if you need help!

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Soft sweet pastel birthday cards with paper lace

Maybe they are a little bit very sweet and soft, but it is ice cream weather here, yeah…

The tea cups I made myself from scratch with the Silhouette Cameo. The top cup is loose from the back ground so it bends easily and I fixed it with a little thread to work like a pop up card.

The paper doilies are cutting files I bought from the silhouette online shop.
The embossing folder is from Sizzix. I LOVE the ornamental pattern with border.

And I know my girl friends will love those cards.

Have a great and sunny day!

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Hats hats hats…

Going on making little hats…this is so much fun. I was totally lost in hatmania.
I also made some displays and hat boxes. The little hats just fit in. I think I am going to sell these cutting files soon, not yet sure where, but I am going to announce this here and I am also preparing tutorials, especially for the hat box, which is quite a bit complicated.

edited 07/31/2014:
at last available in my Etsy shop:

www.etsy.com/shop/FredaFprintables

 

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