How to Use Shape Fonts to Make a Skeleton Key Hook

I have so many collections around my house, but there’s one thing I collect that doesn’t cost any money, doesn’t take up any space in my house, and doesn’t need to be dusted, and that’s free fonts! I collect free fonts because it’s nice to have lots of different font styles to choose from when making a graphic, but also because I love dingbats! Dingbats are special shape fonts.  Each shape is created using the regular alphabet or numbers on your keyboard. {Read More}

Numbered Tags Silhouette Tutorial

Yesterday, several people left comments, wanting a  Silhouette (affiliate link) tutorial to make the Brown Paper Number Tags, so here it is!  It really is very easy, but I know having a visual is easier than just written instructions, so I’ve provided both. Step 1 – You’ll need to have a stencil font downloaded on to your computer, which you’ll use to create the numbers or letters inside the tags.  Click HERE to download the font I used on my tags.  Once you’ve {Read More}

Brown Paper Number Tags

I told you last week you might be seeing more brown paper projects, because I’m on a brown paper kick right now.  I decided to challenge myself to see how many projects I can come up with using it.  I don’t know if I’ll do it all year, but I’ll do it as long as it’s still fun! This time, I made some adorable alphabet and number tags.  Technically, I used brown craft cardstock paper, not regular grocery bag kind of paper, although {Read More}

Answering Questions about the Silhouette Cameo and A New Canvas Wall Print

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the Silhouette machine I use to cut stencils for signs and canvas wall prints, and I’ve always responded to the individually, but I’ve had several more readers contact me lately, and rather than continuing to respond individually, I figured it was time to write a post about it, because obviously, many of my readers have questions about it.  One reader in particular sent me a list of questions, so I’ll address those first, {Read More}

Using a Paper Punch as a Stencil to Paint a Fancy Border

I’ve been working on some new Book Page Canvas Wall Art (other designs here), and wanted to dress up the edges.  I use adhesive vinyl to create a stencil to paint the wording, but I didn’t want to use expensive vinyl to create a border, since once I remove it, it isn’t reusable.   I don’t normally buy many paper punches, because I don’t use them often, but when I spotted this Doily Lace Edge punch by Martha Stewart in Hobby {Read More}

221B Baker Street Sign

Since my older two sons have left for college, my youngest son got to take over one of their bedrooms.   My middle son wasn’t interested in painting or doing anything to the room when he was in it, but my youngest son did want to do some decorating. He’s a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes books, so we batted around some ideas to decorate around that theme, but buying Victorian-era furniture, wallpaper and other “props” isn’t in my price {Read More}

Free Fonts to use with your Silhouette Machine

I’ve been out in my workshop all afternoon, determined to get it to a point that I’m not completely grossed out to be working in it.  It is rustic, to say the least, but it’s all I have and I am thankful it gives me someplace to work on projects, other than my kitchen table. Since I don’t have a project to share with you today, instead I thought I’d share another tip for those of you with Silhouette machines. {Read More}

Enjoy the Ride… {Free Bicycle Images to Use with the Silhouette}

I had planned on painting my rusty, sweet old bicycle this summer, but I still haven’t gotten around to doing it yet, but I did paint another old white bicycle, but this one is on a wooden sign. I’ll show you how easy it is to create one of your own, with bunches of bicycle images to choose from. First, go to and download the Sepeda font HERE. Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a different kind {Read More}

Direct From the Farm Sign (Silhouette Tutorial, Tips & Tricks)

It’s been at least a few weeks since I created a sign based on an old advertisement and I was looking through some of my antique graphics and found one I really wanted to turn into a sign.  I’ll share the process to create it, so you can create your own, if you’d like. The image came from a 1949 telephone book, which I shared with you several years ago, HERE.  Back then, I didn’t scan my graphics at a very {Read More}

Using the Positive Space of a Stencil – Colonial Pharmacy Sign

I used a little different technique this week to create another sign, that I thought would be helpful to other people who are new to using a Silhouette machine. You may recall this Colonial Pharmacy coat rack/sign I created a few months ago.  It was made using Contact paper cut as a stencil with my Silhouette (the negative space). What was left on the paper backing is the positive space, that you need to use transfer tape to be able {Read More}