My New Silhouette Portrait: 10 Things I Can’t Wait to Make

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I was lucky enough to win a Silhouette Portrait in May’s Silhouette promotion.  I was thrilled to get such an awesome machine.  In fact, Frog says I went nuts because I got the notification email while we were out to lunch on vacation, and I started screaming in the restaurant and jumping up and down.  No, I’m not joking.  I immediately though of all of the great things that I could make with vinyl and fabric and stencils.  Mellow Man was a bit excited too as I had been planning on begging him for a Cameo for my birthday or Christmas.  Now I have my lovely little Portia— thanks to Amy at One Artsy Mama for helping me name my Silhouette.

My Mom Made That: Instagram Shot of New Portrait Arrival

Now that I’ve got my hands on my beautiful Portia, I have been busy making up a new Pinterst Board to collect all of the fabulous inspiration out there in the blogosphere.  I thought I’d share some of the great projects that I can’t wait to try– all thanks to my beautiful new Portrait!  (Please if you’d like to pin something for your own Silhouette board, please click the picture or source button to be taken directly to the website and the corresponding tutorial!)


This is the real reason I wanted a silhouette was to cut perfect Vinyl labels and sayings.  I have dreams of labeling everything in my home.  I want to have plenty of perfect crisp letters.

One of the first things I want to label is to redo water bottles for Frog.  He takes a water bottle every day to school and then to swim practice.  I think this idea would be great to help him keep track of his own water bottle.  I’m also thinking that I’d like to personalize an acrylic glass for myself, and maybe even style up a sippy cup for the Monkey!  

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round Up (Originally Posted at Serenity Now blog) (source)

Now this is a total vanity project for me, but I have a white KitchenAid Standing Mixer.  Mellow Man knows that I’d love to have a red one.  Have you noticed all of the red in our kitchen and family room?  Red in my home speaks to me these days!  Since it is frivolous to replace a fabulous Kitchenaid Mixer because of the color, I thought that a few red vinyl stencils might do the trick!  Prepare to see this project on the blog in the near future!

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round Up (Originally Posted at: LIttle Birdies Secrets)(source)

We have a lovely, but somewhat faded mailbox.  Plus, our house number isn’t on the mailbox.  Mellow Man and I were talking about how difficult it was to see our street number if you were driving around and looking for it.  This makeover is in order for our house and I think the Silhouette is the perfect tool to make it happen!

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round UP (Original Source UCreate)(Source)

 Reverse Vinyl Stencil Techniques

Here’s a great version of sayings and wording projects that you can do with vinyl.  I have about a dozen of plaques that I want to make for our house!  This one is great because of the rough canvas texture, but I’ve also seem the lines very crisp and the lines very fade and messy.  The sky is the limits with this technique!

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round Up (Original Posted at My Fav Finds) Finds(source)

 Fabric Interfacing Projects

Can you make appliques?  I can’t.  I love cute applique projects for around the house, but I haven’t had the nerve to do them with my own patterning and stenciling.  At first I just thought my Silhouette could cut paper and vinyl, but it can cut fabric too!  Doing my happy dance!  I have a pillow project all lined up, thanks to this great pillow applique inspiration:

My Mom Made That: Silhouette Round Up (Original Source is One Artsy Mama)  (Source)

Then I kept browsing and found these adorable Christmas towels?!  This would be great for all of that scrap fabric I have.  Now I don’t have to buy expensive holiday dish towels, I can customize them just for our house!

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round UP (Original Source That's What Che Said.)(Source)

Glass Etching

This is something else that I didn’t realize that I could really do with my Silhouette and vinyl– glass etching.  I can make my own stencil.  Now I have lost several pyrex dishes at pot-lucks and other gatherings because they weren’t properly labeled.  No one will doubt that my pyrex dish belongs to me if it looks like this:

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round Up:  Original Posted at the Silhouette Blog(source)


I never considered how versatile and varied the silhouette vinyl stencils would be.   I wasn’t really considering making something with Glitter, but then I saw this project!  Isn’t it adorable?!

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round Up: Originally Posted at  Tale of the Scotts(source)

Fabric Painting

There are tons of great onesie options out there, and I want to make the Monkey some super cute onesies with fabric paint and stencils…  Maybe I’ll even make a regular t-shirt for the Frog!

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round Up: Originally Posted at That's What Che Says(Source)

Heat Transfer Vinyl

Here’s another version of the onesie, but instead of using fabric ink and a stencil, it’s using heat transfer vinyl for clothing.  I love the addition of the buttons.   I’ve got a list of onesie saying that Monkey will be sporting this summer and fall!

My Mom Made That Silhouette Round Up (Original Source Occasionally Crafty)(Source)

Now I haven’t gotten into the sketching and paper cutting options for the paper crafts.  I’m giddy at the possibilities, so I had best get crafting! Have a wonderful Monday!


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  1. I won one too! Congrats!

  2. I love these! No wonder you can’t wait to make them. What fun!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.
    Please come back again next week. 🙂

  3. I treated myself to a Silhouette for my birthday, and I love it. I’m sure you will, too. It’s so versatile. I have a pin board full of Silhouette project inspiration. I can’t wait to check yours out, too.

    Thanks for linking up to Home{work} Wednesday.

    • I had to make sure that I was following your pinterest board. I am! Can’t wait to see what projects you find!

  4. This is going to be so much fun for you. 🙂

  5. Hi Emily! OOoooh! You got a silhouette! How exciting! Those look so cool. Found you on Organized 31. Look forward to seeing your projects. Following on Twitter!

  6. Hi Emily!

    Isn’t it just great to have a Silhouette!?! I won one in May too, from Lauren at The THinking Closet! I am having a blast already, trying cuts I never dreamed I could make, and simply lovin’ it! Can’t wait to see what you make 🙂 As a matter of fact, my last few blog posts are all about things I have done, so far!!

    Bev @ Give me a paintbrush

    • Awesome! I’m off to check out your blog, so I can see your great projects! I have a few small projects going up next week. I hope you’ll stop by to see what I’ve made! 🙂

  7. Congrats on the win! How utterly exciting! You and Portia are in for a long life of crafting together…I just know it. Which reminds me, I need to name my Silhouette machine. We spend so much time together, it’s really a shame that I’ve neglected to name her for all these months! Ha ha. Anyway, so glad to have you in The Silhouette Challenge, and I cannot wait to see what you create.

  8. Can you hear me screaming, “I’m so jealous!”? Guess I’ll have to start entering some of those giveaways. I really like the glass etching idea you pinned. The wheels are spinning here with all kinds of ideas.

  9. Can’t wait to see your projects! You will have so much fun.
    Thanks for linking up.


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