Are you Irish? Everyone is on St. Patrick's Day.

Now that we're past Valentine's Day, it's time to get out all the green you can find! We've got St. Patrick's Day just a month away. 

How do you celebrate? We have a parade here in town with an Irish fest after, some years I've even done an early 5K run...not this year though. :)

No matter how you celebrate, if you're ready to craft up some cards, gifts or fun t-shirts my friends and I have free cut files to help you with your crafts! 

 

1. Fun Rainbow Glasses 

Paper crafts are so much fun and now with cutting machines, you don't need to be able to cut straight lines with scissors (was anyone else a scrapbooker back before Cricuts came out?!). You little cutie will look adorable in these glasses designed by PersiaLou. 

St. Patrick's Day Paper Glasses from Persia Lou

 

2. Shamrock Shirt

This simple, but cute design has everyone covered, you could even make the design small, pocket-size, for a man that doesn't want anything too flashy. But for me,...

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Practical Tips for Starting a Craft Business

Hey do you love a crafting? 
 
The process of coming up with an idea, working with your hands and seeing it all come to life! It’s so much fun, isn’t it? 
 
Well…Have you ever thought about turning your hobby into a serious money making machine? You know the quote…."do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life". Well, if you’re on the fence and doubt keeps creeping up I’m here today to encourage you! 
 
And not the typical 'rah-rah' - "you can do it" kind of encouragement I want to give you practical advice and tips to make your dream of crafting for a living into reality. 
 

The first step is believing in yourself.

This is important step not to skip because our mind is our greatest asset (or weakness). It has the ability to talk us up, or talk us down. If you don’t have your mind on your side in taking a risk and dreaming big, then you’re going to be...
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6 DIY Gifts for the Bride, Plus Free SVGs to Make Them

There may have been some restrictions last year with weddings but now, nuptials can go full swing again. And often with weddings come bridal showers, couple showers and bachelorette parties. So of course, gifts are needed! 

Most couples are registered for specific gifts at major retailers but sometimes you'd like to make something more personal and special for the occasion. 

I've put together 6 DIY bridal gift ideas you can whip up with your Cricut or Silhouette machine, plus you can get all the SVGs for FREE to make these!

1. Custom 'bride' jacket or robe. 

A custom 'bride' denim jacket would be the perfect attire for a fun bachelorette night out! Or a 'bride' robe for a spa day or wedding day as she gets ready. You could customize these gifts to match the wedding colors and I know any bride would be over-the-moon to receive this.

Supplies needed: Heat Transfer Vinyl, a Heat Press or Iron, Jacket or Robe, and the FREE cut file you can get at Crafting Overload....

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Making a Mermaid Theme SVG - plus a ton of free files.

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PIN for Later Tools for Making SVGs or FREE SVGs

 

Have you ever wondered what it take to make SVGs?
(If not, you can skip to the bottom to find the free files!)

I'm going to break down all the tools I use in my business for SVG design. The great things about designing SVGs is it doesn't take a lot of material goods, like a handmade shop may require. And there's no shipping supplies or postage. But there are some tech tools that are a must! 

And you don't have to hand letter to design and sell SVGs, but if you do there are a few extra tools you'll need. Let's cover those first. 

1. iPad & Apple Pencil (for lettering)

I bought my iPad back in 2017 after trying one out at a craft retreat. I ABSOLUTELY loved making the transition from paper and pen to iPad. I opted for a larger screen size but lower memory size, and it's worked out great! The specs on my iPad Pro are 12.9 inch with 128 GB...

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Back to School - FREE SVGs, plus inside tips from a school tech aide

Among the school community, talking about back to school during July is kinda frowned upon. Teachers and staff are still recovering from what might have been the most wild ride in education. But, my crafty friends have, again, gathered up some amazing SVG cut files and they all happen to be FREE. (Yay!) So while you're starting your back to school shopping list, you can also start planning out some super cute crafts for your kiddos and their educators. 

But before we get to those cut files, did you all know I'm a part-time tech aide at my kids' elementary school? My free SVG cut file reads "The future of the world is IN my classroom" and we all hope and pray that students are IN THE CLASSROOM all year. However, now that we live in a pandemic world, where computers have become so critical to education, and we never know what the year will bring - I thought I would share some of my top troubleshooting tips for when your kids' computer isn't working quite...

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Family, Friends, Fireworks and....FREE cut files!

free svg svg cut files Jun 18, 2021

Raise your hand if the 4th of July is one of your favorite holidays. (Do you see me? I'm raising both hands up high!) 

It's summer, there's great cookout food, family, parades, fireworks, a little pool time....it's a total celebration over here. And of course with all of that, we love wearing some tees I craft up with my Cricut. 

This year, with a little help from my friends, we are loading you up with so many fun options (see below)! But what are the best blanks and vinyl to craft with? 

The Blanks I'm Using This Year: 

Walmart is one of my favorite places to pick up blank tees and tanks. They are always a great price, so when it's for a once-a-year holiday I don't feel guilty for over spending. These both look great for a cute July 4th top!

Crochet Trim Tank

Tie-Dye Tank Top

The Perfect Vinyl Colors for July 4th

I've paired up some shimmer, some shine and old fashion plaid for the holiday. Siser Electric Red (from Michaels Craft Stores) is my absolute...

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Craft Business: How It Started vs How It's Going

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Late nights after a 9-5. In the garage "workshop". Buried deep in saw dust and packaging supplies. That's where this business started. 

Were you around for my sign making days? That was the first stepping stone in my small business. Which then led to

But my roots were probably a lot like yours, not exactly sure what I was doing, just figuring out as I go. And if I'm honest, the words I painted on signs were the words I needed to hear myself as I battled with deep self doubt and finding myself again after trying to fit in the societal mold (which I was NOT built for). 

On our creative journeys we have phases, or seasons, each serving a purpose and teaching us lessons we need to know. While I love and appreciate...

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