Look what Santa brought me! It's a Silhouette Cameo 3, which is a digital cutting machine. You can cut all kinds of cool stuff, like cardstock and paper for scrapbooking and card making, or vinyl for a dorky (okay, I secretly think they're awesome) rear window family, or heat transfer vinyl for shirts and stuff. I'm thinking I can spiff up tote bags with Teri Anne Stanley on them to use as giveaways, wouldn't that be cool?
So the first thing I did was make a name tag for it. The Cameo has a lot of cool features, not least of which is the pretty amazing software, but it wasn't too straightforward right out of the box. I did, however, find this wonderful, amazing woman who has a website called SilhouetteSchoolBlog, and she has All The Tutorials. Bless you, Melissa, you are AMAZEBALLS!
And THEN, my Favorite Daughter got engaged over Christmas to the most awesomest sweetest guy ever, and I have FIRED UP THE PINTEREST BOARDS!
First thing I did was find ALL THE WORKSHEETS for wedding planning, print them out, and put them in this swell binder, then I got to make another vinyl decal with my Cameo.
We haven't written much in the planner yet, she's not getting married until she finishes college, but we're going to be ready when she's done!
So with all that experience under my belt, I decided to monogram some hankies for my menfolk. I did pretty well with getting the monograms set up. I even remembered to reverse the images so they'd be right-side up when I transferred them. How hard could it be to hold an iron down on top of the corner of a handkerchief for forty seconds?
Apparently, it's not as easy as you might think.
Only the one on top came out without sticking to the transfer material!
Oh, well. The good news is these weren't exactly silk from Brooks Brothers. I can go back to Walmart and get more, any time I want.
I wish I knew if it was my poor iron handling skills, or if the HTV is crummy since I bought the cheapest stuff I could find on Amazon, or if I need to buy a big-ass heat press, because an iron just isn't going to cut it (Hey, honey? Want to get me something cool for my birthday?).