Now I’m not what you’d call a crafty girl. I’m always usually way more concerned about the functional than the fabulous. At one point many moons ago I got into scrapbooking but I secretly know it was just so I could organize all the stuff! 🙂 So when Silhouette contacted me about doing a Silhouette review and giveaway I was very hesitant. Me and devices that come with software usually aren’t a great mix and you know that I try to avoid frustrations at all costs.
What is it?
For those that don’t know, the Silhouette is a digital cutting tool for personal use that can cut through all sorts of paper, vinyl and now fabric. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you’ll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store. No cartridges involved.
What to do with it?
When I was still deciding whether or not to go ahead, I started to notice around blogland all the ways one could use this nifty little cutter tool to create labels. Fun labels at that! Check out a few of these links to see what I mean.
Bucket Labels ~ @ Sugar Bee Crafts
Toy Bin Labeling ~ @ Make It and Love It
Spice Labels ~Maggie Muggins Designs
Pantry Labels ~ @ Tatertots and Jello
Pantry Labels ~ @ The Queen’s Bee Hive
Well after seeing the organizing possibilities just with labels I was hooked. Sign me up!
I was still apprehensive about how easy it would be to use which is why when it arrived it sat in my dining room in the box for a couple of weeks. I was too scared to open it. Seriously! But then the box was getting to me because if I wasn’t going to use it, then it was just clutter. Well I couldn’t have that. It was time.
I got it set up no problem and to be honest it really is a breeze to do simple label projects where you just have the machine cut out letters on vinyl or cardstock. That part I could handle no problem. Here are some pictures of my first few projects.
I labeled my dog treats container ~ probably a thicker font would show up better
I did the words menu plan above my menu board on my dining room wall
and I added welcome to the mirror on this piece that sits on a shelf by my front door. So cute!
Now I’m just waiting on some more vinyl so I can do even more label projects, it’s addicting!
So by this time I was getting a little cocky. I mean look at me being all crafty and such. I’m like some kind of crafting goddess now don’t ya know! That’s when I decided I was going to up the ante a little and try something harder. This is the point where my family, who knows me well, should have staged an intervention. Instead they just roll their eyes and act like I’m nuts. Nice!
I wanted to give the heat transfer material a try. Yep I was going to add decals onto t-shirts for my nieces because how hard can it be after all, I’m a craft goddess! Ha!
Let’s just say that it turned out to be a little trickier and I ran into some glitches along the way. I have trouble reading instructions and get confused easily so I read some steps wrong and had to go back and fix some things. For instance I missed the step that you have to mirror the image/words in order for it to come out the right way…I’m a little slow what can I say. Anyway the second time around I figured out how to mirror the image horizontally so that when I put it down and ironed it on the shirt the words were reading correctly. Eventually I got it and gosh darn look how adorable the shirts turned out. Oh my word! One for my little cupcake and one for my little ladybug. Sweet!
How would you like to win a Silhouette SD bundle of your very own? Yep I’ve got a Silhouette SD machine plus samples of the Heat Transfer Fabric Interfacing and Flocked Heat Transfer Material to giveaway, hola!!!
This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Laura from Fowkes5, congratulations Laura!!
To enter simply leave a comment on this post telling me if you are a craft goddess or a craft goddess wanna be (either way this baby is going to make you shine!) and how you think you’d use it. I’m a newbie so I’m always looking for ideas. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments. Giveaway closes on Monday, March 28 at 4:00 pm PST. Only recently did Silhouette start shipping to Canada (yay!) so this giveaway is open to both US and Canada residents!
Updated to add: I just found out that Emily from Decor Chick is ALSO giving away a Silhouette machine. So for a second chance to win, go check out her giveaway post here! She cut some fabric with hers and look what she made, adorable!!
Oh and Remodelaholic is having a giveaway too! This is getting fun 🙂
I also wanted to tell you about the fantastic promotion Silhouette has going on from the 21st of March through to the 27th. They are offering my readers a bundle that includes a Silhouette SD, one of each fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked heat transfer material all for $229. The machine alone usually retails for $299.99! Also, readers that already have a Silhouette can get 25% off fabric interfacing. Use code JUNKIE at checkout to take advantage of these great deals!
Good luck gals!