Category Archives: Guest Designer

Heat Transfer & Disney

Are you headed off to one of those awesome family amusement parks or the “Happiest Place on Earth”? Check out what Char from Crap I’ve Made created using the Brookie Craft Heat Transfer sheets.  She said she made all four shirts of only $16.00 total. Now that’s a “happy” deal!!

Check out more of Char’s crafting adventures on her very awesome site Crap I’ve Made.

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Personalize Cups with Vinyl

We were so excited when Sarah from Pink Cricut posted this cute project to our wall. There are so many ways to personalize cups, mugs and water bottles using vinyl. What would you personalize?

Be sure to jump over to Sarah’s blog for more ideas on personalizing “random gifts”.

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Heat Transfer Vinyl Tutorial by Megan

The fun crafty Megan from Above Rubies Studio create a Tuesday Tutorial featuring Heat Transfer Vinyl. Did you know Brookie Craft manufactures this stuff! It’s awesome. Cut it just like vinyl, iron it on to any fabric surface and you have a great finished project like this awesome bag Megan created.

Megan said, “Once the image was cut (I didn’t even need a mat!  Just loaded the vinyl directly into the Silhouette!), I separated the vinyl from the clear backing.”

Love the silver!!

To see the full step-by-step tutorial visit Megan’s blog post.

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Get a Little Creative with House of Smiths

You might have seen us hanging out over on My Craft Channel. We’re big fans and we love the different show hosts that inspire us all to get crafty. One that stood out to us is one called “Get a Little Creative. ” Get a Little Creative is all about getting crafty with inspiration from the best creative blogs on the internet. Your hosts, Jennifer Hadfield of, Beckie Farrant of and Heather Mann of will spotlight their favorite projects by talented creative bloggers, as well as simple but high-impact tutorials designed to add some creativity to your life, from home to food to holidays and beyond.

In this episode below, the girls interview Shelley Smith from House of Smiths as they discuss her fun blog and the upcoming new DIY show with her husband. Their motto: “Taking it One Space at a Time” ring true to their style and projects. Shelley shares her beautiful take on Gallery Walls and offers tips on how to create your own. You’ll notice her gallery wall features a lot of great vinyl pieces.

Shelley has a great vinyl store and offers pre-cut vinyl designs that are amazing. Check them out here.

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No Cutting Mat, Yeah Silhouette!

Recently I purchased the Silhouette Cameo machine. I have an older Silhouette SD and have love it for the great detail you get from a Silhouette. Being a long time Cricut user I have to admit I wasn’t convinced I needed to invest in another 12″ electronic cutter. But the minute I heard you don’t have to use a cutting mat to cut vinyl. And since I use a lot of vinyl then this was a HUGE selling point for me.

It works great!!

Megan from Above Rubies Studio created a great video on how to cute vinyl on your Silhouette Cameo. (Only thing she should have used was the transfer tape, but we’ll forgive her this time!)

If you’re cutting one and two something that doesn’t fill the entire screen then you shouldn’t have any issues. I have noticed when filling an entire screen with my cut files that running vinyl through without a mat when it gets close to the edge it sometimes messes up. I would recommend using your mat if you’re doing a full sheet of cut images.

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Oops, I’m out of Transfer Tape

Sometimes you run out of that awesome Transfer Tape that helps you take your cut vinyl to a new surface. We loved this idea from Megan at Above Rubies Studio. She shares how to use blue painters tape when you’re in a bind.

For other great ideas from a pro, visit Above Rubies Studio.

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Introducing Above Rubies Studio

We are so excited to have the very talented Megan from Above Rubies Studio. She is a master with electronic cutters and using vinyl. We have invited Megan to share her fun videos and great tips with you our readers. You’ll see her popping up here on the Brookie Craft blog!

Now let’s take a minute to get to know Megan better…

My love for scrapbooking led me to the Cricut and then on to the wonderful online world of tutorials. My hope is to add value to this online community with my experience in Scrapbooking, Cardmaking and crafting. Since purchasing my Cricut over a year and a half ago, I have become obsessed with helping others learn the value of all that their Cricut can offer them. The Cricut offers so many options many users don’t know about, and I’m just the girl to show you how to get the most from your Cricut Machine.

I currently have a library of A to Z and 123 Educational DVDs which have helped thousands of people master their craft, machines and other things BETTER! So exited its been such a hugely popular success as teaching is nothing short of a HUGE passion for me. The Cricut Cutting Guide which shows over 500 settings for blade depth, speed and pressure was our very first product that started as (and still is) a free download on our website. We since have expanded to listen to user request and made the Cutting Guide a bound booklet, and iPhone App and Android App too! Paper Layerz is one of my latest creations and it is THE Paper for ALL Die Cutting Machine Users. One sheet of paper and it layers everything in a perfectly color coordinated fashion.

I have had the amazing honor in being asked to make guest appearances at several scrapbook stores, as well as instruct Cricut Classes all over PA. I love doing these things, I am also involved in different design teams both past and present. Above Rubies Studio is here to give you support in your daily life and in crafting. I am truly committed to giving you great resources for all of your scrapbooking, card making and Cricut projects. There is so much I want to say and I want to give you all at once, but one day at a time is where we have to start!

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