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Boy Graphic Tee: Using the new Silhouette Cameo (plus one to GIVE AWAY!! [$340 value])


Oh my word. 


I have been so excited to talk about the new Silhouette CAMEO. 


And it’s here.  It’s finally here!!





So, remember how I adore my Silhouette Craft Cutter?  I have used it a lot in the past. 

Click here to see all of my Silhouette projects.


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Well, that love just deepened. 


Because those darn Silhouette folks made the bigger and better Silhouette CAMEO.



And for those of you who have been holding out… is being given away (yay!!) here at Make It and Love It. 



Okay, there is also a discount code below for those who don’t win.  So, everyone wins, right?

(You know you’ve started your Christmas list already.  Add this to it!)


(If you don’t know what a Silhouette is, it’s an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12″ wide and 10 feet long.  You can customize the things you want to cut……or purchase images [usually only $0.99] available in their online store.)



Anyway, I cracked open my new Silhouette CAMEO and revved her up.  I was also given their new little Fabric Ink Starter Kit.  So cool.  I have already done stencils for fabric…..but this little kit made it easier.  So that’s what I used my CAMEO for first.


And made a stencil to make this shirt for my little guy:

**The font is ‘engravers’ and the Silhouette shape is called ‘eagle silhouette’.




I used white and grey paint and made 3 different stencils to achieve this look.



And my word, I think it turned out so darn cute.  Not bad for a $4 Tshirt makeover.



I was actually shocked after peeling up the stencils.  Ha……way to impress me for my first time use, little CAMEO.



Want to give it a try?


I made this shirt by first creating 3 separate layers that I would use for my stencils.  The first first layer on the shirt was just random shirt wording: original quality, classic apparel, etc.  The next layer was the eagle with a ’03’ beneath it (because my little boy is 3).  The other layer were the random numbers down the side.  I matched the 2 layers up on the screen to see how I would like it best, then separated them and arranged them on the screen for cutting.

(This is a peek at the computer program…)




I removed the numbers on my first stencil and placed it down on my shirt (I put a few layers of newspaper in between the layers of Tshirt so that it wouldn’t leak to the back) and then started dabbing grey (mixed white and black) fabric paint onto the shirt. The stencil is sticky on the back so it stays put while dabbing.  I only applied a thin layer because I wanted a faded look to it.



Then I peeled it up carefully.


After that dried (I used a hair dryer to speed it up), I placed my second stencil on top and applied a thicker layer of white paint, making the eagle and ’03’ stand out a bit more.



Then I did the same thing with the 3rd stencil down the arm.



After all the paint was dry, I placed a thin piece of fabric on top of the painted area and then ironed it to seal the paint.  This will keep the paint from fading in the wash.


That was it.



Such a great way to make your own customized, yet professional looking shirts. 

(Go on, imagine the gifts you can make with this machine.)


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Okay, so I know many of you have the standard Silhouette.  And yes, they still work great. (So no worries, you still have a killer machine!!)  But if you’re someone who’s looking to buy one for the first time or hey, maybe you’re wanting to upgrade…..let me show you the improvements that I like best.



First thing I noticed, well the size.  It cuts 12 inches wide, instead of 9 inches wide.  This is helpful if you’re using 12 inch wide scrapbook paper or just want a wider area to work with.  (Note: You can still cut/print things that are wider than 12 inches.  You just have to turn your image sideways and you can cut/print up to 10 feet long.)




Next thing……all of those little cutter blades are in one.  Before they had 3 color coded little blades that you had to switch out for different thicknesses.  Now, it’s all in one.  And so easy to adjust.



Once I realized that this machine was 12 inches wide but my vinyl supply was all 9 inches wide……I was a little bummed.  But THEN, I saw that you can adjust the rollers (the white parts on the metal bar) and move them in, to accommodate my more narrow vinyl until I use it all up.  Or it’s also useful while using different widths of papers/vinyls.  I love Silhouette for adding this feature.



There are many more other things that I love but the last one that really impressed me was their new computer program to work in.  It’s more intuitive, more organized, and you can adjust or customize your images so much easier.  (Note: You don’t have to have the new CAMEO to use this new program.  Just update your old Silhouette program online for free….and you can feel just as fancy in the new program.




In case you need a few more reasons to buy this little beauty (or to help convince Santa), here are a few other things I have done with my Silhouette:

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Remember, go here to see the tutorials for all of the projects shown above.

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Okay, enough about that.  And onto the free stuff.  That’s the good part of this post anyway, right?



Silhouette is giving away a brank spankin’ new CAMEO ($299.99 value) to one of you Make It and Love It readers.  Hip-Hip-Hooray.  Plus, you will receive your choice of one of the following 4 starter kits ($39.99 value): Fabric Ink, Vinyl, Heat Transfer, Rhinestone


And you don’t even have to send me treats or say nice things about my big feet to enter.  (Those things are nice to do anyway, just so you know!)



One of you lucky ducks will get this bundle all for your very own.  For free. 

It will feel like Christmas.  Or Hanukkah.  Or your birthday.  Or……you get the idea.


Click here to enter the giveaway and view discount.

(entry rules are at the bottom of that post)


Comments left on this post will not be included in the giveaway.  You must click over to this other post.


Update: Giveaway Closed!!!!!



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. claire says:

    What did you cut the stencil out of? I use my silhouette with freezer paper all the time, but it looks like you made a re-usable stencil which would be great for some projects too!

  2. jennifer says:

    Hi…love this. I’ve been seriously considering one – and funnily enough – it’s to do some clothing for my daughter. This was just the inspiration I needed! I’m totally buying one! What did you use for the template – is that the adhesive backed vinyl?

  3. ashlee says:

    I might have missed this… but where did you get the fabric paint? I got the cameo for christmas and i am itching to use it!!!

  4. Trisha D. says:

    I just pinned a bunch of your inspirational photos on pintrest here:
    That should count as another entry right?!
    Ok, it may have been a stretch but PICK ME!! hehe.

  5. Lynda Hughes says:

    The link to the site for comments has too many comments to download before the IP shuts it down. :-(

    I still like you and Silhouette on FB.

    If I had this machine, I would use it to create quilting templates, appliques…..and I’d stencil everything but the family dog. All of the grandchildren would have toys and bikes with personalized artwork!

  6. Randomee says:

    Hi, my sisters and I run a nonprofit summer camp, and we would love to win the Silhouette Cameo to make free goodies for our campers. We love your blog and have got so many cool ideas off of it!! Thank you.

  7. veronica garcia says:

    oh the possibilities!! thanks for the chance to win!!

  8. R.Sherburne says:

    I have “liked” you on facebook forever!!!! You are amazing!!! And thank you for the zipper tutorial!!!!

  9. R.Sherburne says:

    I think the first thing I would do with my new cameo is label all my girls’ belongings. Maybe then they wouldn’t fight over things… A mom can dream, right????

  10. R.Sherburne says:

    I liked silhouette on fb! I wish I could chose “love” :)

  11. Judy says:

    I’d give it to my daughter for all her craftyness!!

  12. C.C. says:

    I like Makeitandloveit on facebook!

  13. C.C. says:

    I like Silhouette on facebook!

  14. C.C. says:

    There’s so many things to do. I would like to try heat transfer.

  15. mickie says:

    AWWW – THis would be awesome to win!! I would LOVE it!

  16. katie r says:

    so many great ideas! :) What a fun opportunity to win!

  17. Megan Jewett says:

    I liked Silhouette on Facebook

  18. Nichole says:

    I liked Make and Love It on Facebook!

  19. Nicia says:

    Hmm….maybe you should give me your old Silhouette if I don’t win this one! ;)

  20. Angela F says:

    I liked Make It and Love It on Facebook!

  21. Angela F says:

    I would make cute shirts for my daughter. I’ve really been wanting to try rhinestones!!

  22. Amanda says:

    I would use it for my new art business!

  23. Amanda says:

    I liked it on Facebook!

  24. leslie says:

    Now following on pinterest

  25. Patty says:

    I wish I had one!!!!

  26. Cheryl says:

    I would love one of these…I would never quit. My husband will soon be building a farmhouse town for me and I would use it to stencil details on it. If I win I will post pictures of the finished project!!:)

  27. Valerie says:

    Been waiting for the new Cameo to come out. Seriously considering it now!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Deanna K says:

    I liked Make it and Love it on facebook!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Deanna K says:

    There is a list about a mile long of what I want to make with a Silhouette!
    It would help me get organized because I’d have to clean a space in my scrapbook room for it!
    Thanks for the giveaway – I’m crossing my fingers that I win!

  30. Tlr says:

    I would love to have one and do some fun things for my 5 wonedful kids. Awesome give away. Thanks

  31. Michelle F says:

    I start with labeling by DD toy boxes

  32. Teresa says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  33. Sheryl Geddings says:

    I’ve been dying to try out the glass etching and I’d definitely use it to make some vinyl decorations, too!!

  34. Christina Williams says:

    i liked makeit-loveit on facebook! :)

  35. Christina Williams says:

    i would use it to be a better mom….oh wait, i meant, to make fun crafts with my 2 yr old :)

  36. Tina says:

    Would love to own a Cameo. Liked it on FB

  37. Mindy says:

    I liked facebook and makeitandloveit. I having been dreaming about the Silhouette Cameo. We just bought a new house and I have a list of projects I want to do once I have one.

  38. Sarah Gillespie says:

    AND I am now a pinner on Pinterest of the Silhouette.. I’m not even joking about how excited I am about this giveaway!

  39. Sarah Gillespie says:

    I am now a fan on Facebook of Silhouette. I’m so dead serious about all the cool projects I’d make, if I haven’t sucked up enough here’s my list of crafty crafts: I want to personalize my water bottles, make cards, etch on my pyrex, I would like to enhance my painting projects, make wooden signs for friends (and myself), I would love to get into making T-shirts, creating wall art…

  40. Sarah Gillespie says:

    I am already a stalker, I mean a fan on Facebook…

  41. Sarah Gillespie says:

    You have no idea what projects I have up my sleeve….. I am so tired of using my friend for vinyl projects… I want to personalize my water bottles, make cards, etch on my pyrex, I would like to enhance my painting projects, make wooden signs for friends (and myself), I would love to get into making T-shirts, creating wall art…

    If you feel so inclined to want to give me one you can reach me at sayaah21 at msn dot com

    HOOK IT UP ASH, and I will make some crafts and send them to you. I’m so stoked.

  42. bwilliams says:

    I would love to use this with my grandsons and my high school art students…way easier than screen printing!

  43. Colleen says:

    Hey! I liked you and Silhouette on FB, and I am waiting for a Pintrest invite. I have to say I didn’t even know these things existed a few days ago, but the more I learn about them the more I really want one. I have a billion projects in mind. This is like the holy freakin grail of crafting. I would def do wall decals and I would use this to make letters to make some awesome subway art (which I have been pining over for like a year), along with personalized handbags and stencils for furniture. My friend is having a baby and I think hand decorated onesies would be a great gift. Not to mention all the stuff I could make for my son! I really really want one of these! hanks for the chance to enter. Good luck everyone!!!!


  44. Libby says:

    I followed Silhouette on Pinterest – ohhhh I’ve love to win!!!

  45. Libby says:

    I liked Silhouette on FB… I’d love to win this little gem in time to make Chrissy pressies!!!

  46. Lindseys says:

    I liked make it and love it on FB

  47. Carmen Smith says:

    How fabulous would it be to win a Silhouette??? I can only dream!!!! I’m now a follower on facebook. Pick ME!! heehee!

  48. dlsheph says:

    Following Silhouette on Pinterest
    Would also like to cut out letters and objects to use as stencils on ceramics.

  49. dlsheph says:

    Liked MI-LI on FB!
    I want to cut out words and make wooden plaques for friends.

  50. Joel F says:

    Fan on Pinterest (Silhouette)

  51. Joel F says:

    Fan on Facebook (MI-LI)

  52. Joel F says:

    I would give it to my wife- she loves making designs for my company.

  53. Jenn says:

    I would so love a silhouette!! I’m an organizer at heart, so there would be a whole lot of pretty labeling going on in my house!

  54. Beth E. says:

    I’d decorate my catering bowls!!

  55. Aimee B. says:

    I’d make things for my 7 kids in “all” my spare time!!;-)

  56. Andrea G. says:

    Where do I start?!!

  57. Tiffany Carlton says:

    I am a NEW Fan to Make it-Love it on FB, thank you.

  58. Tiffany Carlton says:

    I am now following Silhouette on Pinterest.

  59. Tiffany Carlton says:

    I “liked” Silhouette on FB.

  60. Kathryn says:

    Ooooh I would love this.. so many projects, grandkids shirts, kids ministry at church.. organizing kitchen!.. would love to win it!

  61. Maren says:

    I would so love to win one, I want one so bad, but it is not in the budget and my go-getter husband already has my Christmas present. I would love to do the kids clothing transfers that you do.
    p.s.-I have size 10 feet also, so sending you some big feet love from Canada

  62. Meridith says:

    I keep seeing all the cute things people make with those and I covet one. I would love to win it.
    I love the t-shirt you made too.

  63. Andrea says:

    I also like Silhouette on facebook

  64. Andrea says:

    I follow silhouette on Pinterest

  65. Andrea says:

    I liked Make it and love it on facebook

  66. Meaghan says:

    Fabulous top – love the design.

  67. kimberly says:

    HI! I just found your blog (from a google search about pre-washing fabrics–you seriously have made me feel so much better–when my “new fabric load” came out of the wash all tangled and thread-y, I thought I had failed before I even started making my first quilt!) Anyway…I love that you showed the Cameo for a clothing project. I work with a lot of paper crafters who use it to make their own embellishments, but thinking of it in a new light makes me really want one! :)


  68. Kristina Noall says:

    Ha. Jill is more tactful than I am. I was going to ask if you’d like to GIVE me (or maybe sell me) your old one! Lol. But I wonder if I’ll be able to find a deal on a used original somewhere, now that they have a better one out?
    P.S. Love the boy projects–please keep ’em coming! I just found out I’m having my second boy, and though I’m super excited for him and for my little boy to have a brother, I admit I’m a little sad that I can’t start making girly stuff, especially the stuff from your site. :)

  69. Candice says:

    whats really funny is that I was just looking into a machine like this yesterday (for my xmas list of course) and I couldn’t decide what machine is the best. thanks for the recommendation!

  70. Susan says:

    Very, very cool!!! So many options. I would have stuff everywhere. Clothes for big and lil’ bit and probably me too. Cute little cut outs and words on walls, windows, tubs, jars. Oh my gosh! I WANT IT!!

  71. Danielle Daws says:

    Awesome! I’ve just borrowed a friends Silhouette SD (I’m still deciding about getting one) and your links to your tutorials couldn’t come at a better time! Thanks so much! I adore the shirt you’ve done here too. :-)

  72. Cyndel Jones says:

    Oooooh! I love what you have done with it!!! I would love to revamp my wardrobe etc! Heading over now to enter!
    BTW I LOVE your blog!!! Given me so much inspiration and confidence in my own sewing!

  73. Jill Franklin says:

    I’ve seen a lot about this handy dandy gadget lately. I would looovvve to give it a whirl. Unfortunately, that’s a lot of money to put out. Can I come borrow yours? =)

    1. Ashley says:

      Ummmm, YES!!! I’m not kidding……if you lived nearby, I wouldn’t mind one bit. :)

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