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How to Prepare Vinyl Decals to Sell: 5 Things No One Else Will Tell You

Raise your hand if you’ve had a vinyl cutter for some time, made decals for yourself… …and now you have people wanting to buy them but you have NO idea how to prepare vinyl decals to sell to folks. 🙋‍♀️ 🙋‍♀️ 🙋‍♀️ Yep, I thought so! But don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Before I […]

How Do I Know When Something Is Trademarked?

If you’ve been around the online Cricut/Silhouette/craft cutting industry for more than 10 seconds you MIGHT have heard about issues with trademark/copyright infringement. As in, people are often accidentally infringing on a trademark and sometimes we don’t know when something is TM’d or not. Yeah – it’s kind of a big deal.  Unfortunately. ‼️ (AND […]

Reverse Canvas Tutorial with HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)

Don’t miss this great reverse canvas tutorial! Learn ste-by-step how to make a reverse canvas sign using HTV and a great vintage Soda Fountain SVG file, using your Cricut or Silhouette vinyl cutting machine. With easy instructions and lots of photos, you’ll be sure to have a gorgeous piece of art in a snap!Read more

Reverse canvases are a fun, easy way to make great framed signs for your home using your vinyl cutting machine. One of the benefits of a reverse canvas is there’s no worrying about stenciling or painting or bleed lines. You simply use HTV (heat transfer vinyl) to create your design. Since there are lots of […]

How To Get Crisp Lines When Stenciling With Vinyl

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. You’ve just spent a half an hour stenciling a design onto a gorgeous piece of stained wood with a vinyl stencil. Finally finished, you pull up the stencil to reveal… PAINT BLEEDS. Augh! So annoying! But never fear, I’m here to teach you my method for getting […]

Should You Sell Your Handmade Creations Locally Or Online?

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When you’re just getting started selling your Cricut/Silhouette creations, one question that comes up a lot is this: Should I sell my products online or locally? There is no one easy answer to this question because the truth is, everyone’s situation is different. So – I’ve put together a few questions for YOU to ask […]

Let it Snow Ornament – a Silhouette/Cricut Project Idea

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As soon as I finished my Let it Snow SVG design, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! My sister-in-law had made some cute snowman ornaments last year with clear plastic ornaments and styrofoam beads. I wanted to put this design on one, but being a fairly detailed design I wasn’t sure […]

Oracal 641 matte permanent vinyl – review and project idea

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It’s HERE! Oracal has FINALLY made a permanent outdoor vinyl that is matte instead of glossy! Why is this a big deal? Well – to be honest, Oracal vinyl is fabulous but sometimes I don’t want the gloss. My personal style is more understated, and so I have often chose the more-work routine of stenciling/painting/etc […]

Etsy SEO 101: How a Full Time Seller Does SEO for Etsy

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(Updated October 2021) Hi there! Having trouble figuring out Etsy SEO? I’m Bethany. I’m a full time Etsy seller, single mother and I support my family selling products on Etsy and my own website since 2012. And today, I’m going to take you through Etsy SEO 101 – exactly the same process I have used […]

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