Nasty Woman free cutting files

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With a Brother Scan n Cut (or Silhouette or Cricut) cutting machine you can cut heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and iron it onto a shirt, sweatshirt or whatever. I created some files  and shirts for friends and family and I’m more than happy to share the files for free with anyone that wants to use them. The fonts I used are free for personal use. If you want to nab these files and sell something, see the info (for the shirt above the guy would just want $5 for commercial use of his font – the other font in that one is ok for commercial use). The files are .fcm (for brother Scan n Cut, file flipped for use on HTV) and .jpeg (the newer Silhouette and Cricut machines have ways to use jpgs). If I need to load them up as .SVG for you to use, just let me know.img_1432

The Bad Hombre is so cute on my adorable little 20 month old nephew 🙂 I prefer Siser Easy Weed HTV, although I’ve used others (you can pick some up at Joann, Michaels or the major craft stores – just make sure it’s heat transfer vinyl if you want it for cloth application, not regular sticky vinyl folks use for labels and such).

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You can size the files however you like, right now they’re as pictured with the one above a small size placed near the hem on the shirts I’d made up.

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The election is fraught with emotion on all sides, so I’ll take the files and pics down come mid-November (or whenever election results are finalized and accepted …).

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I put the files in Google drive.

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Go and make up some shirts folks!

Rainy Sunday, so fussing a bit more with fonts, images and vinyl – we’ll see what’s next 🙂 . To see what others around the world do on their Sundays, stop by Unknown Mami’s Sunday’s in My City.

Sites with free military machine embroidery designs

For some of the different groups I’m in, I’ve created different lists of free sites (like my post with all the awareness and awareness ribbon designs here). One of the popular requests in the group was for military designs.

I’m not including generic patriotic designs here – those about for July 4th and other US holidays. These have some specific military association. Some are non-U.S. .

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AnntheGran – her search in free will also show for sale designs, the search link doesn’t copy over on the left under Free Designs – use that search box and key in military to see the largest selection. Free designs are 3 free per week. http://www.annthegran.com/FreeEmbroideryDesigns.aspx

BFC Creations – Free plane at bottom of a sale page (they’ve removed some free military designs)

 http://bfc-creations.com/Designs800/829Planes/index.html

Brother – Words “In Honor Of” in the Special Designs dropdown

http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/DesignStudio/Projects/DesignList.aspx#.VIuDzouhifQ

Cindy’s Embroidery Designs – Aussie troop emblems and support 

http://cindysembroiderydesigns.com/Free-Aussie.html

Embroidery Affair – Multiple designs and multiple service groups, US 

http://www.embroideryaffair.com/free-patriotic-designs/ 

Embroidery Designs (3 free per week) – USe the Search Within box to find different designs for ARMY , NAVY, MARINES, AIR FORCE – they don’t all show in a search for military. http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx  

MILITARY  http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx?SearchText=military   

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BFC Creations – various replica planes (Marine, Air Force and more). BFC has recently updated their website, you can always query Suze for more as Fred has designed a bunch no longer showing on their new site.

http://bfc-creations.com/bfc0829-planes.html

Blasto Stitch ARMY

http://www.blastostitch.com/shop/army-men-pose-machine-embroidery-design/

Digitized Embroidery Designs DEA (not heard of them, but have a lot – just scroll down) 

http://digitized-embroidery-designs.com/digitizing-blog/

Great Notions has a Military Category 

http://www.greatnotions.com/Categories/Embroidery/Military.aspx

PINTEREST Board of Military Machine Embroidery Designs

 https://www.pinterest.com/tiatoangels/in-the-hoop-military/

Supporting our Troops Aussie & US

Cindy’s keeps a list on her site 

http://cindysembroiderydesigns.com/Supporting-Our-Troops.html

I believe there are some military machine embroidery designs on Etsy as well.

Whew, just finished checking the links – sadly some had gone away. This is most likely a partial list  🙂 . You can always turn to trusty Google to turn up more for sale designs – just search machine embroidery design military and click images for pages of choices.

Embroidery Sites for Free Awareness Designs

I periodically stitch for charity fund raising and one of the organizations I support is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I’ve shared some of these pictures on here before, but they do help highlight what you can stitch

Awareness Charm Earrings for fundraiser batch 2

Many machine embroidery design companies offer sample designs or regular freebies for you to try out. Here is a list I’ve created of machine embroidery companies that offer free Awareness designs. With a solid color ribbon, you can download any awareness ribbon design and just substitute your thread color. Even if you can’t edit, you can switch out your thread spool. There are some specific two color designs, although there are fewer of those for free. There are autism puzzle free designs as well.

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Many sites require you to sign up/register with an email address before you can download the free files.

If you need help determining the color of ribbon for what you choose to support, Wikipedia has a good reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awareness_ribbons

Sadias

Ann the Gran
Heart with ribbon on it
http://www.annthegran.com/prd/Designs/Embroidery-Patterns/Pink-Ribbon-Heart/1/EMP00649.aspx

Butterfly with word HOPE
http://www.annthegran.com/prd/Designs/Grand-Slam-Designs/Hope/1/HOG606T1.aspx

Apex Embroidery fonts
Autism awareness
http://apexembdesigns.com/autism-awareness-ribbon-embroidery-design
applique split awareness ribbon
http://apexembdesigns.com/embroidery/product/ribbon-split-frame-embroidery-designs

Apex has added more (ribbon with flowers, give cancer the boot), best to scroll through their free design pages.
http://apexembdesigns.com/embroidery/subject/all?keys=&commerce_price_amount=1&field_font_type_tid=All

Artistic Thread Works
A multi colored Ribbon representing all the Cancer organizations signature colors, 4 different designs
http://www.artisticthreadworks.com/public/698.cfm
Monkey with ribbon
http://www.artisticthreadworks.com/public/6764.cfm

A Time to Stitch
6 designs on Freebies page – includes troop support and red white and blue ribbons in addition to cancer awareness, just scroll down
http://www.atimetostitch.com/freebies.htm

Baby Kay’s Appliques
Smock look 3 ribbons
http://www.babykaysappliques.com/freebies/

Craftsy Embroidery
Awareness mug rug
https://www.craftsy.com/pattern/embroidery/machine-embroidery/in-the-hoop-cancer-awareness-mug-rugs/72013
Ribbon Heart
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/embroidery/machine-embroidery/ribbon-heart-free-machine-embroidery/104910
Ribbon with hearts on it
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/embroidery/machine-embroidery/awareness-ribbon/71734

Creative Machine Embroidery 
Stitched ribbons
http://www.cmemag.com/articles/Free-Pink-Ribbon-Embroidery-Design 

Criswell Embroidery and Design
ITH ribbon bookmark – bottom of page
http://www.criswell-emb.com/frontpage/singles/singles72.html
Criswell FSL earrings and charm – Halfway down the page – I’ve used both sizes for earrings
http://www.criswell-emb.com/frontpage/singles/singles71.html

Designs in Machine Embroidery
https://www.shop.dzgns.com/collections/free-embroidery-designs?page=1

Embroidery Designs
http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/freeembroiderydesigns.aspx?searchtext=awareness

Embroidery Library Inc.
Butterfly of Hope
http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/Products.aspx?Catalog=Emblibrary&ProductID=E3982

EMS Cross Stitch
http://www.cross-stitch-board.com/forum/downloads.php?do=file&id=466

Embroidery Online (OESD)
This may only be free in October of each year, 5 designs
http://www.embroideryonline.com/p-57240-pink-ribbons.aspx

FiveStarFonts
Fill stitch in 3 sizes
http://fivestarfonts.com/free-awareness-ribbon-embroidery-design
Double applique Ribbon design
http://fivestarfonts.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=426

GG Designs Embroidery
Awareness tree
http://www.ggdesignsembroidery.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=129

Hyfi’s House
Several here – just scroll past the first for purchase one to the free listings
http://www.hyfis-house.com/powder-room

JHB at Oregon – pretty set of ribbon with phrases of hope http://www.oregonpatchworks.com/collections.php?id=jhb

Just Sew Pretty
Infant loss applique ribbon with foot prints
http://www.justsewpretty.com/item_946/PAIL-Footprint-Ribbon-Applique.htm

Just Sew Sandy and Debora – filled butterfly ribbon
http://justsewsandyanddebora.com/free/39-awarenessbutterfly.html

Lynnie Pinnie
Two Color in two sizes
http://lynniepinnie.com/shop/free-embroidery-designs/two-color-mini-awareness-ribbon-4×4/prod_10545.html 

Pamelas Embroidery
Lots of filled designs also a couple of quilting blocks
http://www.pamelasembroidery.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=56&product_id=423

Sadia Sews –
Free ribbon designs – all are FSL
http://sadiasews.com/inmemory.html
FSL with hearts, has a hanging loop
http://www.sadiasews.com/hero.html
Cancer Dedication Bracelets
http://www.sadiasews.com/cb.html

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(the wings in this pic are a purchased design from Stitch Delight)

Sewterific
Save the Hooters owl – bottom of page
http://www.sewterific.com/babygirlowls.htm

Simon Haskins
(Jenny Haskins son, both well known digitizers) has leukemia and there’s a FB page with free files (files tab) with multiple different designs (to go on fabric) that people are making quilt blocks for leukemia awareness fundraising – for ribbon, pick your color and you’re all set.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/317778385023199/?fref=ts&refid=52

Sonia Showalter –
FSL Ribbon with Rose
http://www.soniashowalterdesigns.com/cancer-awareness/cancer-ribbon/
FSL Angel with Ribbon
http://www.soniashowalterdesigns.com/angel-of-light/angel-of-light-cancer-edition/
Ribbon
http://www.soniashowalterdesigns.com/cancer-awareness/cancer-awareness-ribbon/

Stitch it Cheap
Save the Hooters filled and redwork files http://www.stitchitcheap.com/index.php?rt=product%2Fproduct&product_id=478

Sulky Embroidery Club http://www.sulkyembclub.com/designs.aspx?cid=1&scid=36&pt=4

Swak Embroidery
Mini Autism heart and ribbon (or stitch in one color) http://www.swakembroidery.com/info/free/SWAK_op_FREEAutismAwareness_2Deisgns.htm

Autism Awareness
https://www.swakembroidery.com/info/free/SWAK_jkd_free_autismawareness.htm

The Country Needle
Two color or one color FSL
http://www.countryneedle.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

I checked all the links on May 6, 2016. There are also many companies that will offer free designs in concert with October Breast Cancer Awareness – some of these are temporary and go for purchase or disappear before the end of the year. This may not be a complete list as designs are always being put up and down – but it is more than enough to get you started if you have a cause you’d like to stitch an attractive embroidery design for. There are also many beautiful embroidery awareness designs for sale.

Doggie Bandanas

Doggie bandanas – my sister’s pooch advertises upcoming activities on his walks. Apex offered the Relay design on his old site, the American Cancer Society site did say in copyright that if you don’t sell items you may use their design for promoting local Relay for Life activities. Contact Apex to see if he’ll offer it. The appliqué was a freebie from Embroidery Boutique that also is not currently offered but I’d expect we’ll see in October again.

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Purchased designs I’ve used include the heart wings design (above) and butterfly wings awareness design from Ace Points

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and (with colors changed and text added) the Awareness Rose from Embroidery Librarythe Cancer Awareness bracelet  as a bookmark

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and Celebrate Life also from Embroidery Library (each only $1USD and beautiful). The person wanted a check box with “other” as signing in on Relay and such, the non-pink cancers (in this case teal for ovarian) check “other”.

For those of you with cutting machines (Scan n Cut, Silhouette ..) Apex’s Cuttable Designs has a set of 5 free cuttable awareness ribbons with wings http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/pink-ribbon-cuttable-design and free Give cancer the boot designs http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/give-cancer-boot-cuttable-designs.  

If you’d like more photos, check out my Flickr feed.

If you sell or promote anything, you NEED this

If you sell or promote anything, you NEED this. Need what? A QR code.

We all know what a barcode is. It’s a graphic symbol that a scanner can read to connect to computerized information. The same concept is utilized by something called a QR code. Wikipedia explains “QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) .. QR codes have become common in consumer advertising. Typically, a smartphone is used as a QR code scanner, displaying the code and converting it to some useful form (such as a standard URL for a website, thereby obviating the need for a user to type it into a web browser).” Huh?

Example:

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For my Master Gardener’s sign, I went to the free site QR stuff, http://www.qrstuff.com and simply followed their instructions to key in the Facebook page URL for the Calaveras County Master Gardeners. On a Mac, you get a download of your QR code image as soon as you hit enter on the URL. I nabbed my iPhone, scanned the image on their site and lo and behold my Facebook page came up (really, there’s a little bit of a thrill when you check to see if it works and it does). Once I’d proven to myself it would land on the right site, I pasted the image to my sign, printed it, laminated and I’m set to go. Folks at our plant sales and garden talks can simply hold up their smartphone, like our page and be therefore keyed in to our coming events. Although I really want to play with creating the visual QR code, for the master gardeners sign I chose something more recognizable as a barcode as the technology has not yet been widely utilized in my area. When I update the sign, I’ll choose their link for Facebook that will give me a more visual Facebook image.

As I’m not one of the multitudes with a shopping app, for the iPhone I downloaded the free AT&T code scannerOptions for free android device QR readers are also available from Google, AT&T or more.

QR code Ceodraiocht

You only get three visual QRs for free (oops). Hadn’t realized that when I started playing with just slapping one together for this post. You can upload your own picture or image; choose one of theirs; size the QR code in relation to the image; choose dots, squares or stars for the QR code itself; and generally play and manipulate to your heart’s content. They’re also more than happy to sell you programs with more features including tracking and data for those of you with a need to know details.

The uses for the code are only limited by your creativity. Why make someone key in a long URL from a business card when they can quickly hold their phone or tablet over it and land on your blog, shop or website? You can see from the column on the left of QR Stuff that you can get code images for phone numbers, digital business cards, email addresses and so much more. This morning I was encouraging someone to make a sign with a link to her Kindle e-book. This way she could sell her self-published books as well as less her expensive e-books when out and about.

In the comments, folks have shared Scanova and Visualead QR code generators. Both offer free samples for generating visual codes.

So, off you go. Create something fun and be sure to link us to your creation in the comments below. UPDATE: Here’s something fun – personalized QR Code cufflinks for the Geek in your life – at Etsy.   I’d love to see what you concoct!

Murphys Irish Days and St. Patrick’s Bling post 1

I’m an Irish gal (my dad was born there) living in a town called Murphy’s and our biggest event of the year is Murphy’s Irish days. I can always count on houseful of guests and even a backup crew or two of guests for that weekend (did I mention it’s a really really big deal here?). A little bling to toast the Irish is something that gets use.

One of my holiday bling items is aprons (love to cook and bake, love crafts…). This apron follows the patterns and instructions I’ve shared on Apron Redo and for Halloween here. The fabric, which has the requisite sparkly gold, is from JoAnn and Wrights trim provides the edging. The St. Patrick’s Day postcard vintage, or a different choice, can be downloaded from Vintage holiday crafts.com for free. It’s printed on a sheet from the package of photo transfer fabric. Follow the instructions on your package of photo transfer fabric. They aren’t all the same. I simply cut it out and stitched it on. I will have to handwash this particular apron to ensure my photo transfer remains in good shape. If you love vintage style aprons, take a peek at this selection from Sur La Table to get some great ideas.

  

For places to stay and other things to do around Murphys, check out my Murphys page.

I participate in the picture linky parties linked at the bottom of this post.