Super Simple DIY Weeding Tool Hack

Mar 20, 2020

It’s time for another super simple (and super inexpensive) silkscreen cookie stencil assembly tip! If you are a member of The Colorful Cookie Club, you may have seen me talk about this (along with some other great tricks) during one of our Thursday Night LIVE tutorials. One of our members, Cherry Leigh, mentioned she had tried it and loved it, so we made one together during our LIVE. We call it the “Wacky Weeder”. This idea is just too great to keep to ourselves, so even if you are not a member of our club(yet) I wanted to share it with you! It is the best DIY weeding tool!

You may have seen or used a weeding tool with a needle in it to weed vinyl for your silk screen stencils. Well, this hack will save you some money and it is so easy to do that you can make multiples to keep in all the places you sit and find yourself weeding.

What you’ll need:

1 mechanical pencil

1 sewing needle(not to thin and not to thick so it will fit snug)

That’s it, that is all...

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Silk Screen Stencils Got You Confused?

Mar 04, 2020

If you design and cut your own silkscreen cookie stencils, this is another great tip for you! And if you are thinking about designing and cutting silk screen cookie stencils, you will want to keep this handy little tip bookmarked. I always say that it is a brain teaser. The type of vinyl makes the difference and so does the side you want to scrape the icing over.

You can find many more tips and tricks like this when you join us in The Colorful Cookie Club. When you join the club, you’ll have access to 350+ video tutorials(almost 400 now!) and brilliant hacks from me and your fellow cookiers in the member’s only Facebook group. Put your cutting machine to work and grow your cookie business or expand your hobby! If there’s something cookie or stencil or cutting machine related that you’re struggling with, we will have an answer for you or we’ll figure it out together! Find the link below to all of the materials and supplies that I use and recommend.

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Clean Those Little Bits of Stencil Material Off of Your Cutting Mat

Feb 19, 2020

If you design and cut your own cookie stencils, you will totally relate to this blog post. If you are thinking about designing and cutting cookie stencils, you will want to keep this handy little tip in mind.

Have you ever wondered how to get all those extra little bits of stencil material off of your cutting mat after you’ve cut a detailed traditional stencil? Do all those extra little bits of stencil material that are left on your mat drive you crazy? Me too! But, if you have the right tool, it’s easy to clean your mats off!

When I cut a stencil, I like to lift it right off the mat and have a perfectly cut out design. I do not want to spend time picking out a million tiny pieces of stencil material that may not have completely cut out. I want my stencil to cut cleanly. I know you do too! You want all those tiny pieces to stick to the mat and be left behind. However, what you leave behind on the mat can be a pain to clean off if you don’t have the right tool to do...

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Cookie Stencils! Cookie Stencils! I Want to Make My Own Cookie Stencils!

Jan 31, 2020

Which Cutting Machine Should I Buy?

Blog Post Updated January 2020

WHICH MACHINE WILL I LIKE BETTER?

This is the number one question that I get asked. The other most asked questions are, “How do I add bridges to letters and where do they need to be added? and “What material and cut settings do I use to cut my stencils?” I share this and more helpful information in The Colorful Cookie Club.

Learn all that you need to know to design and cut culinary stencils using a Cricut or a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine in The Colorful Cookie Club. There are over 350 video tutorials and more videos get added all of the time. We even learn to draw stencil designs on our iPads. Game Changer! There is a weekly LIVE Q & A along with interactive tutorials in our member’s only Facebook Group too. Did I mention that I share a lot of stencils to cut, cookie cutters to print and images to use for your stencil designs?? We also have a Shared Google Drive where all club members...

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Get That Machine Out of the Box!

Jan 31, 2020

How many of you know the quote that I am famous for? You know the one where I make that funny face and say…

“Get that machine out of the BOX!”

Did you get a new Cricut or a Cameo cutting machine for Christmas? Or maybe you got one just for fun years ago and it’s still sitting in the box? I can’t count the number of times that I have been told, “I have a cutting machine, but it has been in my closet for three years.” or “It has never been out of the box and I’ve had it for over a year.”

It’s time to ask yourself “What is keeping me from getting my cutting machine out and getting started?” Are you afraid of it? Is it overwhelming to think about setting it up, registering it, and trying to learn the software? Are you afraid you won’t be able to do it? I hope it will make you feel better to know you are not the only one! I’ve heard these concerns over and over from so many people. But I...

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Stencil Organization Help

Jul 10, 2019

HELLO, COOKIERS!

I am admittedly a perfectionist. I am getting better at not being so hard on myself if everything doesn’t go as planned. If I am not careful, it can steal my JOY! I DO NOT want that. I am sure that all perfectionists out there can relate. I hold myself to a very high standard in everything I do, especially my work. However, if I had let that perfectionism get in my way, I would have never started my original Colorful Cookie Blog that led to The Colorful Cookie Studio and The Colorful Cookie Club. I would have never recorded any video tutorials, let alone go LIVE on Facebook! None of those things are ever perfectly done. Never! That is because we are not perfect. No one is! So, let’s let good enough be good enough! Remember last week’s email?? Have you gone LIVE on your Facebook page? Do it. Stop waiting! It won’t be perfect. Who cares!! I encourage you to do it!

I struggle with organization and I think that’s part of my perfectionism(of...

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Using Drawing Apps for Stencil and Cookie Cutter Design

Jun 23, 2019

Are you using Procreate or another drawing app to make stencil and cookie-cutter designs yet? I am just learning to use a few of the many drawing apps available and LOVING them! I am one of those people who can never learn enough about new technologies! My brain is on overload most of the time. I am not sure how much more I can put in there!

I have used Procreate, Adobe Draw, Adobe Sketch, and Sketchbook on my iPad to design stencils. I still need practice, but I get better each time I use them. All of these apps except Procreate are available for desktop use too. Procreate is a paid app for iPad and iPhone. The others are available for free. I use them on my iPhone, but it is a little more difficult because of the small screen. I am learning new tricks to make my drawings better every time I use them. These drawing apps have a variety of places to tap on the screen and make magical things happen! It is easy to design and upload your digitized drawings right to your cutting...

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Silhouette Studio Software Editions, Updates, and Upgrades

Jun 16, 2019

It’s official! Summer is here! I recently had a birthday and went on vacation. Look at this beach! It was beautiful! A little rest and relaxation are always necessary to get the creative energy flowing again! I feel rested and ready to create!

This post is for you if you need an explanation of Silhouette Studio Software and the difference in updates and upgrades. By the way, if you are thinking of getting a cutting machine, the Cameo 3 is on sale right now for $179.99. That’s a great price! I’m not sure how long it will be on sale, so grab one while you can! The Cameo 4 will come out sometime this fall, so if you want to it, you may need to wait. It is supposed to have carriages that are larger for the blade and pens, cut with nearly 5kg of downward force, and may eventually come in larger than 12 x 12 format. For now, though, the Cameo 3 is on sale and they will not be manufacturing all of the colors that are available anymore. I just bought an electric pink...

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