January, 2020

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Past Live Stream on Twitch – Product Testing

Hello All,

This stream was done LIVE on Twitch in 2018. However, for someone reason, I never post them blog. It could be because I was trying to build a portfolio for the Silhouette of America.

Well, whatever the reason maybe you get a small glim on how I do product Testing.

I was working on my prototype Valentine boxes and paper dolls. Having a good time working on projects and talking to other twitchers.

After working on the kinks these are the final product:

Alice Dolly SVG

Kitty Valentine Box SVG

Three Valentine Rosettes – Tutorial

Hey everyone!

I am Monica and back at it again to do so more crafting and tutorials. I was so super excited to show you all how easy it was to make these Valentine’s Rosettes! I made three brand new ones for the new year.

I made this adorable Rosette – Bear SVG that could be used for a baby shower as well.

Rosette – Love Note SVG that I could also see be used at Christmas.

Last but not least Rosette – Heart SVG which melts my heart.


How To Make Paper Rosettes

I first made the Rosette – Hearts SVG so a lot of the instructions will be using this SVG. Open your cutting software and resize the SVG to your preferred size. If you cut the rosette strips at 7.937″x 2.875′ your rosette will bloom into a 6″x6″.

Select which image you will cut out first then submit your 8.5″x11″ paper into your mat. Then cut out your image. I choose to cut out my folding stirps first.

After I removed all my pieces out I started to weed all the little hearts. You can save them if you wish and added them to a shaker card later.

I then started to fold all my pieces. I wanted to make sure each one overlaps the other like a chain. I added double-sided tape to keep the pieces together. If you want a longer bond I would recommend wet glue. As double-sided tape never dries.

Next, I cut out the rest of the file in order to have the pieces necessary for the next steps

After every piece had been cut I went on the next step. I grabbed the folded strips that were in a line than I took it and closed the link by sticking it to itself.

Using both hands I flipped the solid point in and the hearts sticking out and lay it flat.

Scrunch your paper as close to the center as you can. Try to make the whole tiny.

Grab your hot glue and dab quite a bit on the peaks and valleys at the end of your rosette.

I quickly add one of my circles and added it right on to the hot glue. Give the hot glue to cool down for a few moments. Flip over and repeat the same process on the other side. Once the glue is fully cured the rosette will not move.

Time to add your embellishments. I added two foam adhesives to the front and the back of the white heart. In order to give the rosette dimension. Then placed it in the center of the rosette. I then grabbed my red heart placed a strip of double-sided tape then adhered my arrow to the back of it.

I wanted to make sure that the arrow was not going anywhere. then I placed the heart and arrow right on top of the white heart.

I repeated the same process to the back of the rosette.

And you’re DONE! Repeat the same process to the other two and decorate for Valentine’s Day. What I love about these files is that they are resizable so these are also really neat on cards as embellishments or punch holes and string them as garland. Whatever you do with them have a good time making them, because they are a lot of fun.

How To Assemble 8Bit Sailor Moon SVG – Silhouette

Hello Everyone,

Today I am posting my live stream I did over on Twitch last year that I forgot to load. This SVG is no longer on Etsy but you can still get it HERE. This project is a bit of an advanced SVG I had created back in 2016. There is a lot of cutting involved, a lot of patients, and assembly.

I had made quite a few 8-bit projects SVG in 2016 but never had time to get around to them. I think this year I am going to test, correct, and add it to my store.

I can honestly tell you I will try to make my next 8-bit project less assembly… Maybe. This stream is really laid back so there will be a lot of chatting with other Twitchers. You may get an argument on Anime… Yes, super spice stuff. Yes, people, we are just that nerdy. No worries I apologize to my husband after the stream for calling his Anime stupid. (Even if I didn’t care it) To make up to him I saw all of season one of Tenchi. (Still didn’t care for it after seeing it again.)

After all the talking and figuring out what went where this is how she came out. If you are investing to test your metal on creating this 8-Bit Sailor Moon you can click on the like here: https://store.uniquedesignsbymonica.com/product/paper-doll-8-bit-sailor-moon/

Assembling Valentine Door Hanger SVG – Silhouette

Hello All,

Today I am creating my Valentine Door Hanger. Using my Door Hanger Treat Box SVG. I had so much fun thinking up different things I could make with this. Since YouTube is having some issues, I will be doing the majority of my streams on Twitch and or they will be pre-recorded. So you will notice that my Twitch will be a little more laid back and I will be talking with other Twitchers.

I was able to create a cute Coffee Door Hanger and drop it off at my friend’s house, Get Well Treat box when people were sick, and this SVG came super handy when I sent “You’ve Been Booed” to my neighbors on Halloween.

These are the projects I was able to make with this awesome SVG.

Fail and Pro of Madcap-puccino Gift Card Holder: Start to Finish on Cricut

Hello My UDBM Readers,

I’m excited to share this Valentine’s Day SVG cut file with ya’ll today. I love, love, LOVE how this Madcap-puccino came out. This little cutie is available for purchase now.  

However, I’m going to preface this post with: this project didn’t turn out how I planned the first time.

Why am I sharing a “less than perfect” project? In the world of perfect Pinterest photos and bloggers who never fail to share the latest and greatest creations, it’s a nice reminder that not everything you do will turn out perfect.

Just because my first attempt was a fail. It doesn’t mean it was 100% fail. With every failure, there is a triumphant successor. Even if that success maybe your second or tenth.

So here is my Fail. It’s not bad but it wasn’t great either. Sometimes less is more and in this case, it really needed a lot less.

However for every not so good. There is a better one.

So in today’s tutorial, I will be showing how I got the better version while showing you the pitfall that a crafter can fall into.

I will be going back to my normal schedule of posting every Wednesday and Saturdays at 8 AM CST. If you like what you see don’t forget to comment below and share it really helps the blog.

Sitting Princess SVG

Hello Everyone,

Monica here with this adorable Sitting Princess Valentine cards. The best thing about this SVG is that it is so easy to customize.

This SVG comes with multiple pieces and can be used on apparel, stickers, and more.

You can find the file here Unique Designs by Monica – Store and can be used on both Cricut and Silhouette.

Shark Valentine Box – SVG

Hello Everyone,

I came out with a bunch of adorable shaped boxes that you can get individually at Unique Designs by Monica – Store for Circut or Silhouette.   For my project today I used the Shark Valentine Box – SVG.

After creating the cute Kitty Valentine Box I need to make one for my son as well.

He wanted something that looked cool but I didn’t want to make it scary. So this SVG was born.

It was able to prop up even with the fine at the back, and since the fine was foldable it could sit flat. Perfect to have it open at the base or have cards be slipped into hits jaws.

Kitty Valentine Box SVG

Hi Everyone! 

It’s Monica, today with Valentine Day right around the corner I wanted to showcase this adorable Kitty Valentine Box SVG!  Being a crazy cat lady, this box was right up my alley!! This box is super easy to assemble I decided to customize it for my little girl.

Since this box is super customizable I made it big enough she can put all her little valentine she will be getting this year.

It reminded me of the Chesher Cat from Alice in Wonderland when I put it together. This oddly enough kind of fit my little girl since she has blond curls just like Alice or maybe its because the kind of Sassy like the Chesher Cat.

Paper Doll – Barbara Brown SVG

Hello Everyone,

I love the versatility of these paper dolls. You can use them in a variety of ways. For example, I used Barbara on mugs, apparel, and journals.

As you know Christmas has just passed so I made a bunch of journals for family and friends. I didn’t even need to do this out of vinyl. I just need some sticker paper to change the Digi paper to match the season.

Making her as a print can cut was a breeze just need to insert my sentiment and I was able to add her to some tags.

You can make a whole set of these in different colors for just about any occasion.

Paper Doll – Carol Twinkle SVG

Hello Crafty Friends!

Monica here with you today and I am so excited because this is my paper doll of the year! I am still over the moon at how gorgeous this came out.

This Paper Doll is called Carol Twinkle SVG, and is just adorable she came together quickly! I had it put together within 5 minutes after I cut her out and then came the fun part putting the sentiment. I removed her present which the SVG comes with and replace it with a simple heart.

For the holidays I just printed her out and added her to cards. Swapping out Digi patterns to see what would look festive for her.

I could add a pumpkin but I wanted to give her an innocent fall feel.

I love how interchangeable this SVG is that I could add her image to so many projects.