DIY Faux Leather Earrings using your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
(and a giveway!)

One of the most fun projects I’ve worked on lately is faux leather earrings. They are quick to make, relatively inexpensive, and a great way to express your creativity. As soon as I completed my first pair, I was hooked (no pun intended 😉 !).

(Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom to find out more about the giveaway.)
(The giveaway has ended.)

Working with faux leather can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right settings and a few helpful tips, it’s as easy as working with paper or vinyl. When I first decided to experiment with faux leather, I thought I would need to use my Curio and/or my deep-cut blade. I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to cut using my Cameo and a regular blade, making this project suitable for all Cameo models as well as the Portrait or Portrait 2.

Brand Comparisons

For purposes of this tutorial, I tried three different types of faux leather:

As much as I wanted the faux leather ribbon to work (because it comes in some really beautiful colors), Continue reading →

It’s here!!! Silhouette Saturday: A Hands-On Workshop

Caught by Design is starting off 2018 with a bang! Over the past few months, I’ve received several requests to host a Silhouette workshop and today I’m pleased to announce the first Silhouette Saturday!

Early bird price of $149 available until January 31, 2018

Space is limited, so if you’re interested in attending, don’t delay in registering. If you have questions, feel free to call (903) 261-9006, email, or visit me over on my Facebook page.

Click here to be taken to the registration page.

Make plans now to join me for this exciting event. I guarantee you’ll have fun, learn a lot, and make new friends!

Until next time,

P.S.  My most loyal reader is celebrating a birthday today 🙂 . Happy Birthday, Mama. Thanks for all you do for me and for our family. I love you!

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 →