DIY Spotify Glass Artwork

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Not going to lie, TikTok made me do this. It’s actually a really quick project! Here’s what you’ll need:

1. A cutting machine: I use a Silhouette Cameo 3

2. Glass Frame: I just took an old frame that I had laying around

3. Permanent Vinyl: I used Cricut Permanent Premium Vinyl

4. A picture & a song

I’m trying a new thing by posting my IGTV for my tutorial. Let me know what you think and if I should continue sharing videos.

TikTok End Frame | Boost Your Followers

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Marketing is truly magical. I’m no expert at all but I do appreciate the power of good free marketing.

I don’t currently have any marketing campaigns going for any of my platfoms but when I did I noticed a huge increase with traffic/sales to my sites.

I’m currently obsessed with TikTok (one video went viral!). There I share my crafting world in 15-60 second videos. I then post a full, in-depth tutorial on Instagram (IGTV). What I noticed on TikTok is that people can be super fancy with their clips. I am not that fancy but I strive to be! A quick marketing tactic that I noticed influencers use is “end frames”, a snippet at the end of their videos asking people to follow them. I wasn’t sure how to do this but I thought of all the free creative sites I use and finally figured out how to make one! Here’s how you can make one too:

scroll down for written instructions

  1. Download the Canva mobile app- it’s free!
  2. In the search bar type “TikTok end frame” – by selecting this it’ll be perfectly sized for your TikTok videos
  3. Select ‘blank’ to create your own or select a template and modify to your liking
  4. Once you’re happy with your design, download it and you now have a TikTok end frame you can add to all your videos!

Canva Mobile App Tips:

  1. Take advantage of all the free illustrations, shapes, images, and stickers that Canva offers. I typed in “blob” to get random shapes.
  2. You can also save up to 3 “brand colors” for free so you can easily change shape/font colors to match your brand.
  3. To place images in a specific shape, go to the “shapes” tab and type in “frames”. You’ll then be able to put images in circles, squares, etc.
  4. You’ll find animations (like my moving arrow) in the “stickers” tab.

By having this frame you’ll not only look professional but you’re also indirectly suggesting people to follow you. I hope by adding this to your videos you’re able to boost your following!

Silhouette Cameo | PixScan Mat Tutorial

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Are you a Silhouette user and failed time and time again when doing a print and cut? Me too! I’m here to give you an alternative method where you’ll get better results.

Watch my full video tutorial. If videos aren’t your thing, step-by-step instructions are written below.

First, the reason why your print and cut probably isn’t working is because you’re probably working with glossy materials or something with a shine. The Silhouette cannot read registration marks on materials that are glossy. I’ve tried Pinterest hacks but nothing seemed to work for me. I remembered I have a Silhouette PixScan mat tucked away somewhere so I thought I’d give it a try.

How it works:

Step 1: Print out your design – no need to print with registration marks. The PixScan mat has the registration marks built into the mat.

Step 2: Place your printed work onto the PixScan mat and take a picture of the entire mat. Send the picture to your computer.

Step 3: Open up Silhouette Studio and click on “Pix” to open the PixScan panel.

Step 4: Import your image. It’s best if you calibrate your photo source to Silhouette Studio so you can get the most accurate cut lines but you don’t have to for the PixScan mat to work.

Step 5: Trace your image. Trace whatever you’d like to have your Silhouette cut out. For me, I “trace outer edge” because I only want it to cut the border of my image.

Step 6: Send to cut! I highly recommend doing a test cut first to make sure you have the right cut settings. Older or dull blades might required more force or a completely different blade setting so thats why I suggest a test cut so you’re not wasting valuable products. I used the settings “Heat Transfer, Printable for darks fabrics” and changed my blade setting to 3 because my blade is dull

Step 7: Weed out all the excess vinyl. Peel your mat from your paper to avoid rolling or bending.

Step 8: Admire your perfect work!

If you try the PixScan mat let me know your thoughts on the process and results by leaving a comment!

Also, if you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or TikTok give me a follow @mariesahminadesign

Sunflower, Butterfly Onesie

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A little while back I shared how I edited a sunflower, butterfly design in my Silhouette Studio software. I wanted to share the finished product.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the video, click here.

If you’re interested in purchasing this onesie for a baby in your life, head over to Mariesah Mina Design!

Isn’t this the cutest?! I just love how it turned out.

Do-It-Yourself | Personalized Name Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s a tutorial on how I created this adorable onesie for my niece.

Created using Silhouette Studio and my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Items Needed:

  • Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Cricut Everyday Iron-On Vinyl | Gold Glitter
  • Weeding tools or tweezers
  • Baby Onesie
  • Cricut EasyPress2 or Iron

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Start by typing the name you want to use and choosing your favorite font. I used Brooke Smith Script font.

Step 2: Modify your font and weld the letters so they’re not overlapping. Then group the design so it’s in one piece.

Step 3: Create Offset – since the font is so thin we’re going to start by making the font thicker by creating an offset. Choose the offset setting in Silhouette Studio and create a offset of 0.06. Once again, group the design so it’s in one piece.

Step 4: Mirror your design horizontally so it’s backwards. For heat transfer this is an important step or else your design will be backwards when it comes to ironing the design onto your material.

Step 5: Size the design according to your material size. For this particular case I am creating this design for a newborn baby onesie so I made the size no longer than 5″ in height and 5″ in width. My design was approximately 5″x 4″.

Step 6: Send your design to cut! It’s that simple. I use Heat Transfer, Glitter as my cut setting since I used glitter vinyl but if you’re using regular Everyday Iron-On Vinyl than I would use Heat Transfer, Smooth cut setting. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat shiny side down (glitter side down) and load into your machine. Now watch the magic happen!

Step 7: Weed and iron on your design to your baby onesie and ta-da!

Tip: If you want to have a better visual of what this design will look like when it comes time to weeding it, before you send the design to the cutting machine, ungroup the design and change the fill color of the inside font (the original font). This way you’ll see what you’ll be weeding out once the design is cut (you’ll be weeding the area between the red and the blue color). This is just for visual purposes and is not necessary to do. It has no impact on the actual cutting of your design.

And that’s it! An easy 6 step process to creating a personalized baby onesie!

Checkout my Instagram page for a time lapse video of this process, @mariesahminadesign

Do-It-Yourself | Hello My Name Is Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here is a step-by-step DIY baby onesie inspired by a Hello My Name Is sticker/tag

Step 1: Create a rectangle. I chose to use rounded edges. It doesn’t matter how large because you can always resize at a later time.

Step 2: Fill this rectangle in with a solid color. I chose the color black.

Step 3: Create a second rectangle that’ll go inside of the first rectangle.

Step 4: Select both rectangles and “create compound path”. This will create one design piece.

Step 5: Choose the text tool and type “Hello, My Name Is:” in the font of your choosing. I chose American Typewriter. Align and resize at the top of the rectangle.

Step 6: Click on both the rectangle and the text font and “create compound path” to make it one design piece.

Step 7: Type out the name you would like to use. Resize the font and align to the center of the design you’ve created thus far. Fill in the color (I chose black). This helps with visualizing what vinyl you’ll be weeding out once the design is cut.

Step 8: Create another thin rectangle and fill that color in. Align and size according to your liking.

Step 9: Group the entire design together.

Step 10: Resize the design according to the material size you’ll be ironing this onto. Because I’ll be putting it on a baby onesie, I made this design approximately 3.5″x 5″

Step 11: Mirror your design horizontally. This step is necessary so you’re design isn’t backwards when you go to iron on he design.

Step 12: Select your cut settings. I chose “Heat Transfer, Smooth”. Place your iron-on vinyl on your cutting mat, shiny side down, load the mat into your cutting machine and send your design to cut!

Once the cutting process is complete, weed the design and iron on the design onto your material using a regular household iron or a Cricut EasyPress 2. I highly recommend the Easypress 2! It makes your design go on evenly and takes 30 seconds to iron on.

And you’re done! Simple, easy, DIY baby onesie! Perfect for a baby name or birth announcement!

For those who wish to purchase this onesie, feel free to check out my website, Mariesah Mina Design or shop my Instagram @mariesahminadesign

*Photo slideshow is in order from steps 1-12 for visual representation of the written step-by-step tutorial

Dip Powder Manicure | $10 Off Coupon

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So I know this isn’t my usual post but I wanted to share this wonderful product I discovered!

DipWell Nails!

Here’s a $10 off coupon just for you! Click here

It’s an at home dip powder nail kit. It’s seriously perfect for all the busy people out there who either don’t have the time or money to go to a nail salon.

It’s ideal with my lifestyle because I can still have a nice set of nails and not worry about chipping while taking care of a toddler or while I’m working. My nails also grow extremely fast and it bugs me that I need to get a full after 2 weeks.

DipWell lasts for up to 6 weeks but once my nails grow out after 2 weeks I’m glad I can give myself that fresh manicure without spending more money.

No I’m not sponsored for this post. I just seriously love this so much that I wanted to share.

Happy dipping everyone!

Do-It-Yourself | Envelope Addressing

ALL THINGS WEDDINGS, Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

When it came time in the wedding planning process to order my invitation suite, I was immediately drawn to the calligraphy handwritten addressing on beautiful shiny gold envelopes. I was also immediately discouraged when I saw the price these beautiful envelopes.

Of course I was determined to figure out a way to have this type of envelope as part of my invitation suite. Addressing them by hand would have been the cheapest route but I have horrendous handwriting so that wasn’t an option for me. I could pay to have Shutterfly, where I purchased my invitations, address them for me but that wasn’t an expense I was willing to spend. My alternative? My Silhouette Cameo 3!

Here are the steps I took to my DIY Wedding Invitation Envelope Addressing:

  1. Open up your Silhouette Studio. Go to page set up and make your page 5×7 which is the generic size of a wedding invitation envelope. If you’re using a bigger or small envelope, just make your page the size of your envelope.
  2. Type the name and address in the font of your choice. Center all of your text so it is aligned center in your envelope.
  3. Measure where you want the addressee name to be. I chose 2″ down from the top (starting on the 3″ march). This position will very depending on which font and size of font you decide to go with. This gave me enough space on the top right corner for the postage stamp.
  4. Center the address beneath the name to your liking.

Notice I didn’t leave space for a return address at the top left corner. I chose to have my return address on the back flap of the envelope.

Here’s how I measured our address on the same page in Silhouette Studio as the guests name and address: return address is represented in black font in the photo

  1. Measure the height and width of the envelope flap. This will vary if you chose to get a square or triangle flap. Mine were triangle shaped making the top wider than the bottom.
  2. Type your name(s) and address and center them to the flap according to your height and width.
  3. NOTE: it’s okay if the black font overlaps with the red. I’ll explain below in the sketch settings.

Now that you’re design is created, it’s time to send to sketch! For this process you’ll use the Silhouette Pen feature.

The red design is highlighted since the red box color was selected.
  1. Choose a pen and ink that you like best. I took an extra envelope and doodled on it to get the right pen. I chose a white pen to compliment the gold envelope. I needed something bright enough so it could be read (I apologize but I’m unsure of the exact pen I used).
  2. Insert your pen into your cutting machine and change your cut settings to “card stock plain” and “sketch”. This is where it’s important to have the two different color designs because you only want one design to sketch at a time. You don’t want your return address to accidentally sketch on the front on top of your guests name! So check only the red design to “send” to your cutting machine. This is also why the overlapping during the design process doesn’t matter.
  3. Place your envelope on your cutting mat in the top left corner (as usual per cutting instructions).
  4. Send and watch your design take place!
  5. Once completed, repeat this process for all your guests.

For return address:

The black design is highlighted since the black box color was selected.
  1. Follow the same procedures as above but place your envelope guests name side down (flap facing up).
  2. Uncheck the red design and click on the black design (your address design).
  3. Send and watch your design take place!

A few things to note:

I chose to have the guests name and address in red in Silhouette Studio because that’s the text that I’ll be changing per envelope. I made the return address in black because that stays the same. I never have to touch that design since it’s the return address.

For the guests name and address, the font size will vary depending on how long their name and address is so you’ll have to play around with each guests information to be sure it’s centered in the envelope.

After your designs are sketched, do not stack envelopes on top of each other and let them air dry before sketching the return address. You don’t want any smudging. This could be skipped depending on the type of pen you use.

I hope you found this helpful in making your wedding invitation suite dreams come to life!

Do-It-Yourself | Welcome Wedding Sign

ALL THINGS WEDDINGS, Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

For this project I went to my local Goodwill and purchased the cheapest frame in the size and color that went with my wedding theme. 

I then used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to create and cut out the design using gold Cricut vinyl. Measured the width of the glass frame to determine how large to cut out the design. Choose your favorite font and design, cut, weed, and place the design on your frame.

My father build a redwood stand to hold the frame and I had the florist add a nice floral wreath to add the finishing touches. 

The one thing I absolutely loved is that it definitely set the tone for guests arriving to the wedding ceremony. 

The downfall is that the glass made the wording a little challenging to see at a distance. Looking back, I wish I had either used a different color vinyl so it would’ve been easier to see at a distance or placed a plain paper in the frame so it wasn’t clear. But regardless I still love the welcome sign!

Photography: Danyelle Dee Photography

Do-It-Yourself | Personalized Newborn Pants

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s another diy project created using my Silhouette Cameo 3 but this time I used newborn pants instead of a onsie. Not sure how I feel about them but once my little one is in them I’m sure they’ll be adorable.

I chose my favorite cursive font and used the simple text, “Baby Caleb” and “Caleb”.

In the design studio for Silhouette, I then sized them according to the size of the pants (in this case newborn size). “Baby Caleb” was approximately 2 inches wide and 5.5 inches long. “Caleb” was 2 inches wide and 4 inches long (I’ll have to double check the exact sizing. These are approximations).

Once you have the sizing you like, flip your design so it’s mirrored or backwards and then you’re finished creating the design.

For the cut settings I used “Heat Transfer: Smooth” and changed it to number 3 instead of the original setting because my blade is dull. Normally I would keep it on the preset setting.

Then send your design to cut and watch the magic happen!

Weed your design, place your design on your clothing of choice and iron. I am still using a regular iron which I feel doesn’t give the smoothest application and takes a bit longer to actually adhere to the clothing. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but haven’t gotten around to making the purchase.

If anyone has a review on the Cricut Easy press please let me know!

Happy crafting!

Also, please don’t mind the stained navy pant, these are hand me downs from my first son. I’ve never used vinyl on infant pants so these were also kind of a trial run that seemed very successful.