Toddler Train T-Shirt & Silhouette Giveaway Winner

Toddler Train T-Shirt: Tips for Layering with HTV | The Thinking Closet

I have a brand new heat-transfer vinyl creation I am just itching to share with you lovelies, but before I do, the first order of business is to announce the winner of the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!  We had a record-number of entries this time around (935!), so a hearty thanks to everyone who participated.  Y’all rock! Also, I really enjoyed hearing about all of the HTV colors you guys are excited about.  By far, the {read more…}

Fabric Applique Onesie Tutorial & Free Cut File

Fabric Applique Onesie Tutorial & Free Cut File | The Thinking Closet

“Rubber ducky, you’re the one.  You make sewing appliques lots of fun!  Rubber ducky I’m awfully fond of you.  Bo-bo-bo-di-o.” Yes, I was a child of the 80s, and yes, I grew up learning my letters and numbers with Big Bird and The Count on Sesame Street.  So, inevitably, when one works on one’s first applique project involving a cute rubber ducky shape, one inevitably hums Ernie’s bath song.  It’s just what one does. As promised yesterday, {read more…}

I Heart Labels: Sugar & Flour Jar Edition

I Heart Labels: Sugar & Flour Jar Edition | The Thinking Closet

I am one of those people for whom it is one of life’s big thrills to label things.  Yes, I’m a dork type A, an oldest sibling, a perfectionist…all of those personality traits that point straight to label-loving.  Yes, I totally own a label maker…you know, one of these: Although I’m not into labeling “tax forms” as this photo would suggest, when I taught English, I did label nearly every single thing in my classroom.  Scissors {read more…}

Book Page Banner & Free Cut File

Book Page Banner Tutorial & Free Cut File | The Thinking Closet

Happy, happy Friday, friends! As you may recall, one of the highlights of my sister’s surprise visit last month was a crafternoon shared together working on a banner to hang above her books in her bedroom.  It only seemed fitting to use book pages as our primary material and to incorporate a quote by one of our favorite authors, C.S. Lewis: “We read to know we are not alone.”  How true, Mr. Lewis.  How true. {read more…}

Anniversary Gift & Frosted Vinyl Round-Up

Embellished Shadow Box: Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Idea

I had the opportunity to try my hand at a project using Silhouette’s frosted vinyl, which allows you to create the impression of etched glass on mirrors and glass, but without the scary chemicals or the permanence; if you don’t like it, you can just remove it!  That’s my kinda project. On the roll, the frosted vinyl almost looks silvery… …but you’ll see when you peel the vinyl from the backing that it’s transparent with {read more…}

D.I.Y. Subway Art Canvas & Free Cut File

D.I.Y. Subway Art Canvas: Tutorial & Free Cut File | The Thinking Closet

Happy Monday, everyone.  So, for fun, I thought I’d review some of the crafting trends that I’ve tried my hand at: Chalkboard - check! Mason Jars - check! Gold Accents - check! Burlap - check! Maps - check! Subway Art – che–wait a minute.  {Gasp!}  We haven’t tried subway art yet.  What are we waiting for? Apparently, “we” were waiting for my friend Gianna’s birthday {cough–which was in February–cough, cough}.  #betterlatethannever As I dreamed and schemed a gift for my {read more…}

Burlap Love Banner & Free Cut File

Burlap Love Banner & Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet

Since sharing my January Silhouette Challenge project, exciting things have been happening behind the scenes.  I created a Facebook group for Silhouette users looking to collaborate and encourage one another (wanna join us?  shoot me an email!).  And our group has grown to over 20 women in a matter of a few weeks.  Several of those lovely ladies are joining me in The Challenge this month!  How cool is that?  Look out for links to their projects at {read more…}

“A Thousand Thanks” Card & Free Cut File

Letter-Sized Thank You Cards - Silhouette Tutorial & FREE Cut File by The Thinking Closet

Here’s my first completed project in my new series, The Silhouette Challenge: a thank you card a la William Shakespeare.  What I love about the shape of this stationery is that it’s designed to fit easily into a legal-sized envelope, which is unexpected for a thank you card.  It also suits people like me who tend to be a bit (ahem) verbose. My initial inspiration came from these letter-sized thank you cards by Kolette Hall that I {read more…}