Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cut to Edge (Tutorial) in Silhouette Studio

As I was checking my default settings after reading a post from Melissa at Silhouette School Blog on 10 Silhouette Studio defaults you can and should change, (I must say she is my go to for wanting or needing to know something about my Silhouette Cameo machine.)Ok so when I was checking my settings I noticed a setting that said cut to edge.
And knowing how I am (always gotta something) I thought I'm gonna see how this works, so I changed setting doing test and here I will show you how to cut to edge. Its saves a little bit of vinyl. It might not be much but I'm frugal with my vinyl so I will keep my cut to edge default checked.

Here you can see the difference in CUT TO EDGE unchecked and with CUT TO EDGE checked.


Now we will see the side by side comparison. Cut to Edge checked, notice the one to the left you can see that it cut all away around and also cut the whole a out. I didn't move the placement of what I wanted to cut I just adjusted my default setting and to the right of the picture is with default Cut to Edge unchecked, you can see that it did not cut all the way to the edge of my vinyl, on the side or top and didn't cut the top of the a.   

I like the idea that I can cut to edge of my mat. Well not edge of mat but to the edge of where you put the vinyl where the sticky part is located.  It may not be for everyone but for me I like it this way. I don't have to worry that I have my design right in the cut area that I use to worry about, where it left a little unused vinyl. 

If you want to change your setting to cut to edge go to the little wheel in the bottom right hand corner this is your settings. Next got to default and click CUT TO EDGE, make sure you hit apply as well or your changes will not take effect.


Saturday, October 15, 2016


This was an easy project using an old milk can.
All you need is
 an old milk can
gingham or any other country material you like
some pip berries
rusty star
hot glue gun and glue sticks

First measure around your milk can so you know how much burlap and material you will need to cut the length. Then measure how much you want to cover of the can for your width. I cut the material smaller than the burlap leaving about inch and half space on top and bottom to allow for my burlap to show. But you could cut any way you prefer, this is just how I liked the burlap and material to look.

Ok now after the burlap and material are cut I then attach the burlap first by hot gluing the one end piece to what would be the back of my finished milk can. Then as I was wrapping the burlap I also hot glued here and there so it would stay in place finishing up at the back of the can meeting my starting pieces. Do the same then with the material.
Take raffia wrap around the neck part of the milk can. I wrapped several times til I like the way it looked. I just tied it off but you could make into a bow if that's what you like.
Next took the rusty star, mine had a hole in the one point, added a piece of wire and then wrapped the wire around my raffia in the center to hold star in place. 
Finally took a hand full of pip berries and wrapped their ends around the raffia to secure them in place.
And that was it for my old milk can decor that I kept on my porch. Pretty simple and easy project to do with an old milk can.

***I do recommend that you display anything with the berries in a place that does not get wet.*** 

As always happy crafting.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Distressed Coffee Table without Sanding

Before and after pictures of a Coffee table I did for my daughter. This one I did without sanding for distressed look.

Only lightly sanding the legs and bottom of the table, I just don't have the patience to sand all the nooks and crannies. Basically just need sand enough so the paint has something to adhere to since this had a finish on it. The top I completely sanded down to the bare wood, Except for the grooves but did take a piece of sandpaper and got in the groove to lightly sand that area.

Painted with plaster colored chalk paint 2 coats all the areas including the grooves on the top but did not paint the bare wood with the chalk paint. My daughter loves stars so I added a star at each end of the coffee table with black acrylic paint.

The next step I took some black acrylic paint and dry brushed here and there on the legs and base of the table. I did this process in the areas like I would have done if I would have sanded it. Some areas I thought had to much black so I just took the plaster chalk paint and lightly went over the black.

Next took some dark grey paint and painted the rim around the top to give it just a bit of an accent so the legs and top did not blend together. I then used a weathered stain and stained the top.

Final step was to add a clear wax to the top to give it some protection.

I hope I helped someone at getting a distressed look with out sanding.