Free Rhinestone Camera Silhouette Template

I recently upgraded my Silhouette software to the Designer Edition and could not be more pleased. There are so many fun new features but the favorite has to be the new rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates. Import any image into the new software and it will create a rhinestone template for you!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I created an easy rhinestone camera template using the software….or you can just download the one I made at the end of the slideshow:

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Personalized Name Art (and Animal Print Download)

How to Make Personalized Name Art (with Animal Print Download) via #silhouette #diy #tutorial #baby


I haven’t made one of these in a while!  I just finished this “Courtney” painting for my niece for Christmas:


Here is Boo’s original one I made with a Peter Rabbit inspired theme:


They aren’t very hard to make with a little patience because they are done in steps!  Here’s a gallery of ones that I’ve made for some ideas and links to other tutorials:

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The Office Makeover: Craft Storage (Free Vintage Label Download)

Martha eat your heart out. I labeled 70 boxes yesterday with vintage-inspired labels.  It’s part of my big office makeover. I can’t show you the office yet because it’s a disaster. Anyway, it took almost all day to organize the boxes and create the labels but I feel really organized now:

Craft and Art Supply Storage (with free vintage label printable) via

The shelves were an early Christmas present from Mr. LBB.  This area is a hallway behind my office….technically it’s a “butler’s pantry” for serving food and storage but it’s the perfect area to store supplies right off my work area.  The wall space above the countertop was just empty space.  The area used to be a huge sunken living room before we remodeled a few years ago. We added a wall at the end of the room to create the storage space.

Here’s what it looked like two weeks ago:

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Silhouette Black Friday Discounts and Giveaway Winner!

Black Friday discounts from Silhouette are here!



Visit Silhouette today and use code LILBLUEBOO and you will be able to get…

  • 1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus 1 copy of Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition (MSRP $349.98) for $229.99
  • 1 Silhouette Portrait™ for $179.99

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Did you see what I did with the new Limited Edition Silhouette Advent Calendar? You could get one of those for 40% off too with code LILBLUEBOO. If you entered the giveaway for the all new Silhouette Portrait…


Kim, email lisa (at) lilblueboo (dot) com to claim your prize.


Silhouette Black Friday deals expire November 30, 2012. Rain checks not available. % discount excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait™, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards.


Advent Calendar and a Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

I just finished this year’s advent calendar! (it was a lot quicker  than last years!) Now just a little over a week until Boo can start turning them over.  I used the new Silhouette frame and clip system, but mixed it up with…..

….Pen and Paint’s Printable Christmas Countdown Calendar.  Each day it gives us a family activity…..I think my favorite one is leaving a gift for the postman……it reminds me of when my mom used to do that for the trash collectors and mail carriers when I was little: [Read more…]

Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via #wedding #gift #crafts #diy

I wanted to make something handmade and personal for my friends’ wedding recently and I decided on an oversized wine barrel inspired tray.  I used a precut wood table top from the hardward store. They actually come in several sizes. This was the medium size: [Read more…]

DIY Reclaimed Wood American Flag

DIY American Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via


Here’s another painting I did last weekend from reclaimed wood….a rustic American Flag for our outdoor living area. It took under 45 minutes to paint:

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The only labor intensive part was making the canvas from a reclaimed wood pallet. First, the pallet was dismantled and then the pieces were attached to two boards: [Read more…]

Easy Heat Transfer Applique (A Tutorial)

Easy Heat Transfer Applique (A Tutorial) via


Have you tried out Silhouette’s heat transfer material yet? It’s a super easy way to add some decoration to a piece of clothing!  I started out with the heat transfer starter kit which has heat transfer paper samples, a pick tool and a package of template downloads:

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I decided to spruce up this cute little skirt that I bought for Boo. Boo chose the free bicycle graphic that comes with the starter kit.

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If you are doing an image with text make sure to mirror it on the screen so that the text looks backwards. Insert the the heat transfer material into the Silhouette with the clear plastic side on the bottom. You don’t need to use the cutting mat….although it doesn’t hurt either. Make sure to select “flocked” or “smooth” transfer material in the menu before cutting. The clear side of the transfer should be face down.

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Once the image has been cut, peel off all the negative space from the clear backing:

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Use the pick tool to pull off small pieces.

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The finished cut out:

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Place the design face down on the surface you want to iron it onto. I placed it on the side of the skirt so it would wrap around:

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Place a cloth over the design and place a heated iron on top of it (cotton setting). Press firmly for 45 to 60 seconds.

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Gently peel up the clear transfer sheet. The transfer should be adhered to your surface now. If the transfer still sticks to the clear sheet, replace the cloth and iron again making sure to apply more pressure:

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An easy heat transfer applique!

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Click here to see other projects I’ve done with the Silhouette Machine!



Make a Rustic Crate (A Tutorial)


Make a Rustic Crate (A Tutorial) via

With an easy technique you can transform any new crate into an old rustic looking one!  I made the above one for Boo’s Easter basket this year…..adding her name and a bunny to the side. I bought the below new mini-crate from Michael’s Craft store using my coupon and it was only a few bucks:


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I used my Silhouette Machine to cut “Sienna” out of vinyl shelf paper to use as a stencil….I also cut out a bunny shapes for the sides.  I placed the stencils on the crate and used black spray paint:


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The spray painted images:


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I mixed a solution of white distilled vinegar, steel wool, and tea to apply to the wood. You can see the full tutorial on the process here (the wine barrel lazy susan tutorial) but basically the vinegar reacts with the steel wool and creates an aging effect on the wood. I add the tea to add a bit of “tea stain” to the wood.


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As it is applied the wood gets a little darker…..but you won’t see the full effect until the wood dries. You can even rub the steel wool on the wood for extra age but I recommend using some gloves.


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The finished crate!  It will look so cute filled with paper grass and some handmade goodies and treats!


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