It’s been a while since I updated on my general cameo projects. There have been lots of freebies making the rounds, but not much about my personal projects.
I made several Christmas gifts. Every year, Angel receives an ornament for our tree. This year, I wanted something to reflect that he had started school but I wasn’t quite sure what to do. Just before Christmas, though, his reading made dramatic improvements and when I spotted this Cat in the Hat ornament at Target I knew that I wanted him to have it. I used my Cameo to personalize it and include the date. He loved it and was smiling ear-to-ear as I lifted him high and he placed it on the tree.
More recently, Isaac was working on a board game project for school. After he’d drawn out his board game I took his sketches, opened up Illustrator and recreated it in vector perfection. I stayed true to his vision, drawing the glasses as he had, keeping everything where he had it and letting him dictate colors and embellishments.
In Photoshop he saw the crosswalk character and latched onto it as his game piece, so I turned it into a standing cutout. After some print and cuts for his game cards, and a whole lot of cardstock cuts, we had our very own board game that he had created. I was so impressed! But I definitely don’t get paid enough for this… .
The board itself is printed on a heavy weight watercolor paper measuring 11″x15″.
This has been, by far, my most popular project across social media. I have received thousands (well, WE have received thousands) of likes, comments, messages etc on this project. I gotta say, it’s a little humbling ; )
Jumping back to Christmas, I found this little ceramic jewelry box and fell in love with it. I knew right away that I wanted to personalize it and who it was going to be for.
I found one with a crown on top for me, too. I haven’t gotten around to that one, though. I’ve been kind of busy : )
This one isn’t a cameo project, but a cameo accessory. I’d been wanting to buy one of these paper dispensers at Target for months. Many Silhouetters have been using them for Vinyl feeders. They were $7+ in my local stores (apparently they were $5 for some), so I waited them out and after Christmas I found the red one for $2.50. Looking further, I found the blue one, too. When I asked Kevin to talk me out of just one, he said, ‘Go get the other one, too.’
Not supportive! (ok, supportive, just not the supportive I was looking for at the time!)
I’ve been wanting to personalize my cameo for months, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, but I needed time to figure it out.
The silhouette is the always-amazing Fiona Apple and the lines are obviously from Macbeth.
This really suits me. I’ll be releasing this cut file soon.
Another Christmas tradition for Angel is Christmas pajamas. They’re not always Christmasy, but usually they are. This year, though, I wanted to make him personalized Christmas pajamas. I’ve wanted to order them in years past, but they can really be so pricey! With my cameo, however, I was able to take $10 PJs and about a quarter of heat transfer material to create the perfect PJs.
Angel was able to give input and rather than just his name and maybe the date, we actually created a Christmas logo.
After the success with Angel’s pajamas, I felt confident enough to go for my first personalized t-shirt. Kevin saw a shirt with this saying and thought it would be perfect for Isaac, but as it wasn’t available in his department I decided to try to make it.
Once it was pressed, man, I totally understood the rush people get from making basic tees with their machines.
I was like, ‘Let’s start a business! I’m a PROFESSIONAL!!!’
But hey, this is more awesome than you can know : )
Whew! It has been a busy time for me, and I don’t want to slow down. I have a planner full of projects on their way and new avenues to walk down. I’m learning to manage my time better and be more productive, which is very important.
I’m excited for what is coming up, and happy with what I’ve done.
It’s not a bad place to be ; )