Let’s Sublimate a GLIMMER Skinny Tumbler in the Mug Press

I get asked weekly to please show how to sublimate a skinny tumbler in the Wala Mug Press. I thought these new glimmer skinny tumblers would be an awesome way to demonstrate the process. They also show how sublimation can look on a colored blank.

Sublimation blanks don’t have to be white, but a light color is best. I chose the glimmer lavendar tumbler for this watercolor image of a german shepard to illustrate just how stunning colored blanks can be.

You can find these new GLIMMER TUMBLERS at JP Plus. You can use coupon code 9PSR5 and save 10% when ordering.

I think this tumbler turned out better than I even imagined it would and I know my son and daughter-in-law are going to love it since they recently got a new german shephard puppy.

I used the Sawgrass SG500 sublimation printer to print this vibrant image.

So grab your favorite drink and click on the tutorial below.

How to use the Cricut with Machine Embroidery Applique

Did you know you can use your Cricut, Silhouette, Brother Scan N Cut to create the applique pieces for your machine embroidery designs? You can!

In today’s video tutorial I am going to show you how I created this fun applique bib without using a single pair of scissors (to cut fabric).

This cutie patootie design came from Planet Applique.

So, how does this all work? Many applique designs give you the SVG and/or png with their designs. However, Chroma Software, the free embroidery software that comes with any Ricoma machine, actually has a feature built right in to make a PNG file out of any embroidery design. Chroma Luxe (the paid upgrade version) allows you to save as an SVG file. Both PNG and SVG files can be used in Cricut Design Space. There are other embroidery software programs that also allow you to save a cut file. No matter which one you use, this is an invaluable, time-saving feature for embroidery applique projects. Once you have your SVG/PNG to use with your cutting machine, the process is the same.

I’m going to show you how to use this feature using Chroma and the Cricut Maker in today’s video.

Color Changing Sublimation Mugs

Would you guess that the two mugs above are essentially the exact same mug? They are!

So how does a black mug become a white mug with a design? It’s easier than you think.

The trick is in these heat activated mugs which also happen to be sublimation blanks. This means you can add sublimation to the black, red or blue mug and the image will be revealed when the recipient adds hot coffee, tea or cocoa! Isn’t that fun?It also means that not only do they work with sublimation prints, but also with Cricut Infusible Ink.

Side note: When purchasing from Cricut, use code Maker10 on orders $50 or more and save 10% and get free shipping – does not apply to machines.

I think they would be so fun as a teacher’s gift filled with hot cocoa ingrediants. Once the teacher fills it up, her name is revealed.

Check out today’s video to find out exactly how to create you very own color changing mug.

Sublimation Tie Dye – Non Sublimation Blanks

Sublimation opens up a whole new world to crafters. No longer are we bound by layers and intricate designs that heat transfer vinyl/iron on often represents. But, did you know that you’re also not limited to white sublimation blanks? In fact, you don’t even have to have “Subilimation blanks” at all.

I found THIS SHIRT was perfect for sublimation. How did I know it would work with sublimation? It is made of 95% polyester. Any garments with a high polyester count (80% and above) make perfect sublimation blanks. While any high count polyester fabric is great for sublimation, you’ll want to stick with light colors. They don’t need to be white, but they do need to be a light color in order for the ink to show up. Keep in mind that sublimation ink is translucent, so the color of the garment will show through the ink. Imagine if you had a navy ink pen and you wrote on a red tshirt. Would you see the ink? Probably. Would the ink show up better on a white or light blue shirt? Absolutely.

In today’s video you can see just how awesome this shirt sublimated. I will give you a few tips and tricks to help guide you to the very best results when sublimating on “non-sublimation” blanks.

How to Sublimate on 100% Cotton!

Today’s video is another sublimation video. Did you know you can sublimate on 100% cotton? You can!

I used this basic white 100% cotton sweatshirt to create this super cute, vibrant sweatshirt using my SG1000 sublimation printer, and my 15 x 15 heat press.

Look how vibrant it turned out! The secret is in the use of PolyTPlus. It is a spray sublimation coating for cotton. Essentially, it sprays polyester onto your cotton products, which gives the sublimation ink something to stick to. Pretty neat, huh!

Keep in mind that sublimation works best with Polyester. The more polyester, the better your results will be. This product simply adds a polyester coating to your fabric. Eventually, the results will fad somewhat. I’ve used it on several shirts for the grandkids and after many, many wash cycles, though they still look great, they are not as crisp and bright as they were when I initially made them.

There are a few things you need to get the best results with this product. I have created a video walking you through coating your cotton surface and how to press. If you want to watch an even more indept video using this product, check out my earlier video here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sublimating with a Sublimation Oven

Do you want to learn to make your very own stemless wine tumblers? They can be tricky because of their odd shape on both the top and the bottom. I have a really easy way to personalize these challenging tumblers. Want to know my secret?
This is my new JTrans Sublimation Oven from Heat Transfer Warehouse.

I love it! It is so easy and really takes my sublimation capabilities to the next level! In today’s video I am going to show you how easy it is to create one of a kind custom stemless wine tumblers. This oven makes it super easy to get professional looking results with very little effort.

You will need to use a sublimation printer with sublimation ink. I highly recommend the Sawgrass Printers. This process cannot be duplicated with an inkjet printer with inkjet ink. The magic is in the ink.

Check out today’s video to find out just how simple this process is can be and how you can be creating one of a kind tumblers for your shop in 5 minutes 😉

How to Create an Embroidery File

I am in love with this embroidery design that I stitched out on a robe for Evie! I created it using Chroma Software. Did you know that Chroma Digitizing Software is FREE with the purchase of any Ricoma embroidery machine? It is! Did you also know that you can create and save embroidery files in almost any embroidery format, so you don’t need a Ricoma machine to use the software.

I am just learning to digitize, but I can tell you, it’s so much fun to create you very own, one-of-a-kind designs. I created this design using regular True Type Fonts on my computer.

Watch the video below and you’ll see how easy it was to create this adorable personalized robe for Evie.

Sublimation on 100% Cotton

Today, I have another sublimation video tutorial for you. I am going to show you how to use PolyTPlus to sublimate on 100% cotton shirts. You may recall, I made another tutorial using this product a few months ago.

I love making cotton tshirts for the kids and, let’s face it, I prefer cotton as well. In this video I will show you how to use an ordinary 100% cotton sweatshirt and turn it into a one of a kind statement piece.

Let’s get started.

Never Stop Making – Craft Apron with the Ricoma EM1010 and Chroma Luxe

I had so much fun making this. I used Chroma Luxe to digitize my own design. Chroma Inspire comes free with any Ricoma Machine. I also used the 7.5 x 7.5 Mighty Hoops. The Mighty Hoops are my favorite for most any project! They make hooping so easy!

I made a quick video showing how I stitched this out. I think this is the perfect craft room apron. You might be seeing more of it in future videos.

Placemat Pouch – Drawstring Project Bag – Version 12 is here!

It has been awhile since I made a new Placemat Project. Did you know this is the 12th different placemat project I have released? That’s right, there are a lot of other placemat projects such as the wallet, project bag, the original box bag, the simple zipper pouch and so many others. You can find the comlete Placemat Pouch Playlist here.

I think this just might be my favorite version. It’s practical, it’s simple and it’s cute! It stands up on it’s own. The structure of the placemat makes the inside remain wide open for easy access. It is also perfect for embroidery, but that is totally optional. This version is perfect for toys, makeup, craft projects, school projects and so much more.

You can see I made two versions. One with a handle so you can carry it like a tote bag, and one without. I think both are equally cute and serve a purpose. I picked up the Pioneer Woman placemats and napkins at Walmart.

I’ve made a step by step tutorial for this easy sew bag. You can view it below. Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve tried any of the placemat projects and, if so, which is your favorite?