Category Archives for "TIPS"

November 4, 2017

Craft Fair Tips!

Craft Fair Tips


Planning to sell your hand crafted treasures this Holiday season?

Here is a nice article for some guidance to help you succeed.


Patti K

June 13, 2017

My Two Favorite Tools To Weed Vinyl!

My Two Favorite Tools To Weed Vinyl!

Weeding vinyl is my favorite thing to do.  Call me crazy but I find it theraputic.  Having said that, without my two favorite tools I would probably dread the job.

The Ott light is a must have for me.  I have a small desktop light that is portable and adjustable.  It allows me to see the cut lines quite easily.

EZ Success Tweezer Bee tweezers are the perfect tool for picking up even the tiniest pieces of vinyl.  They have a sharp, thin tip and they allow me to lift then grab a piece of vinyl with ease.

Both of these item can be found at most craft stores.  The tweezers are located in the scrapbook section.

Happy weeding!

Patti K

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Cricut & Silhouette Cameo for New Users

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Did you have a new Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore on your Christmas list?  Is it still in the box??

My first piece of advice is OPEN THE BOX!  I’ve talked to so many people who have been so intimidated to start using their new machine that it stayed in the box, unopened, for months!!

My second piece of advice is starting small.  Do not tackle that huge project that made you want the machine in the first place.  Start with something simple.  There are lots of FREE files on this site to practice with and new files are added daily.  So jump in and have fun!

Happy New Year Crafters!

Patti Kraska

October 31, 2016

Can I use a Cricut mat with my Silhouette Cameo?

Can I use a Cricut mat with my Silhouette Cameo?


The short answer is YES you can! I use them all the time.  IMHO, I think they are superior to the Silhouette mats in many ways but mainly the PRICE!!   When you purchase Cricut mats, you get two for less than the cost of one Silhouette mat!  Before posting this, I checked Amazon for prices.  For example, you can buy a pack of TWO Cricut mats for as low as $5.99 for 12 X 12 inch size mat.  By contrast the Silhouette mat, ONE, is priced for $9.18 for the same size!

However, there is an adjustment to be made with the Cricut mats and your Cameo.  There are two ways to adjust.

  1. One is to lay your Silhouette mat over the Cricut mat, lining up the grid area. With a marker draw the outline of your silhouette mat and cut on the lines.
  2. My preferred method is to line up my media a little higher on the Cricut mat as shown here

Using Cricut Mat in your Silhouette Cameo

The left edge alignment will remain the same.  How easy is that 😉


October 7, 2016

A Little Pillow Talk (and Sheets)


No, I am not talking about bed linen.  I am referring to heat pressing pillows and Teflon sheets 😉

If you use Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) then I consider them a very handy tool, especially if you use a heat press.

Pressing pillows come in all size. They are sold individually or in sets. They are a real time saver when pressing anything with thick seams (onesies), buttons, or bags.  They enable you to raise the design area and allow for better contact. This ensures a good bond with the fabric.

They can also be placed inside insulated bags to prevent melting the plastic interior.

Teflon sheets are necessary in any heat pressed item to protect the fabric.

If you sell your items, these two tools are essential to produce a quality product and well worth the investment.




September 23, 2016

More Tips for Applying HTV

September 23, 2016


Tip #1

 To be sure you have good adhesion to your fabric, you should see the pattern or weave of the fabric in your HTV.


If you do not see the pattern of the fabric, you will most likely need to increase the pressure of your heat press.

Tip #2

After application, wait 24-48 hours before first wash.

Tip #3

Wash garment inside out and DO NOT use fabric softener.

Tip #4 

Do not iron directly on transfer.



September 17, 2016

Tips for applying HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) With a Heat Press

September 17, 2016

Tip #1

MIRROR, MIRROR, MIRROR!  Heat transfer vinyl is cut with the shiny side (carrier sheet) down.   However, the image will need to be reversed (mirrored) in your software program prior to cutting.  Most, if not all, files you purchase are not pre-mirrored.

Tip #2

When applying HTV on clothing/fabric, pre-press for about 5 seconds.  This rids the fabric of any moisture that would prevent a good bond.

Tip #3

Invest in a Teflon Sheet. It is worth the money.  You can use parchment paper but you must replace every so often.

Stay tuned, more tips to come!

NOTE: If using an iron all the same rules apply. Make sure it is a dry iron (no steam)

If you have any tips or tricks please share in the comments.