This is the plate that I started out with.
I got on my computer and pulled up the Silhouette Studio program, that goes to my silhouette machine (now that I FINALLY started using it, I'm a bit obsessed).
I decided I would just make a name plate for her desk or bookshelf. I cut her name out in black vinyl (font is called Andrea Karime), and then cut out a piece of transfer paper. Once you get all of the extra vinyl off, you peel the backing off the transfer paper and smooth it onto your vinyl. Then you place your vinyl wherever you would like to adhere it, peel off the back (the vinyl will be stuck to the transfer paper) then you place the transfer paper down, smooth it and make sure you get all the bubbles out and then wah-lah! You have vinyl! This is what the plate looked like after I placed the vinyl, with the transfer paper. Then I threaded some cheap (99 cents per roll) ribbon through it and tied a small bow on the top. Just an fyi though - if you want to make a plate like this and you have a patterned ribbon... Start upside down at the bottom of the plate and thread it around. By the time you get to the top of the plate, the ribbon will be right side up and your bow will come out pretty. I say this because I learned the hard way. If you look back at the nursery plate that I made for Denver - the pattern on the ribbon is upside down at the top.