Caught by Design 2017: The Year in Review

The end of the year is always a time of reflection for me and what a great year it has been here at Caught by Design! Since launching this site in February 2017, I’ve published more than 40 Silhouette-related articles including project ideas, tips, tutorials, and much more. I hope you’ve found them to be helpful to you on your Silhouette journey. Here’s a look back in case you missed any of them:


Silhouette Basics: Loading the Mat

Say what?

How Can a Hands-On Class or Workshop Benefit You?


Honey, I Shrunk the Plastic!

Glass Bead Magnets – Using your Silhouette and the Design Features of Silhouette Studio

Creating Design Elements from Basic Shapes in Silhouette Studio

How to Make a Layered Hanging Tag in Silhouette Studio

Throw it in Reverse! (Reverse layering, that is.)

Silhouette in the Classroom: Muffin Tin Toss Game Continue reading →

10 “Hidden” Features of the Silhouette Cameo 3

Are you hoping to find a Silhouette Cameo 3 underneath your Christmas tree this year? Or did you take advantage of the Black Friday sales and are already having fun with your new machine? Whether you are brand-new to the Silhouette world or an experienced user, the Cameo 3 has several great features that you may have overlooked.

1. Pull-out storage drawer

The Cameo 3 is larger than previous models, but makes great use of the space available. This handy little drawer provides just enough room to keep small tools such as pens, tweezers, weeding hook, etc. easily accessible and right there when you need them.

2. Fold-out support arms

Designed for use with the 12” x 24” mat, the fold-out support arms provide stability and help prevent materials from becoming loose when the front of the mat is allowed to hang loose. I often use these even with my standard 12” x 12” mat.

3. Cross-cutter track & tool

Wondering why your Cameo 3 came with a letter-opener? While you might be able to use this tool for some really small envelopes 😉 , it is in fact a vinyl cutter (known as a cross-cutter tool). It fits into a slot on the back of your machine and allows you to quickly and evenly remove vinyl that’s been cut on the roll (rather than using a mat).

When using the cross-cutter tool, there is no need to unload the entire roll of vinyl once it has been cut. Continue reading →

How to Make a Floating Photo Ornament Using Your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
(in less than an hour!)

The Christmas season seems to get busier and busier each year – and that’s especially true for makers and crafters. But some traditions are just too important to let go of, even when time is short. For me, one of those traditions is making a special ornament for each member of our family. While looking over the images from our Thanksgiving photo shoot, I got my inspiration for this year’s creation – a floating photo ornament. It’s a quick and easy project but the result is sure to become a treasured keepsake.  In this tutorial, I’ll tell you how you can whip up one (or several) in less than an hour!

What you’ll need:

  • Clear Plastic Flat Disc Ornament (ball shape will work too)
  • Ruler
  • Silhouette Studio Software
  • Digital Photo
  • Printable Transparency Sheets (I used Grafix Ink Jet Film, also available for laser printers.)
  • Printer
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait

Step 1: Measure your ornament

I used an 80mm ornament, measuring 3 inches in diameter.   Continue reading →