Monday, February 24, 2014

My BEST Giveaway to Date!

You all know I love my craft gadgets! Well my latest purchase is by for sure my BEST so far! On Black Friday I bought myself  a SILHOUETTE Portrait ™. (Well, my husband actually bought it but he didn’t know it)

Now most of my blog followers are beady ladies so for their benefit, let me explain.

A Silhouette is an electronic cutting machine. It is used mainly for cutting paper shapes. In the olden days, LOL, we had to rely on scissors to do all our intricate cutting. Then we moved on to punches. Next was the invention of the die-cutting machine -  Big Shot, Cricut and the like. Those use either metal plates or cartridges. With the Silhouette you aren’t limited by what dies and cartridges you have in your stash (which cost a pretty penny and need storage space to boot!) just connect it to your computer and printer and you are ready to go!

The included software makes it possible to create and cut your own designs and use any font you already have in your computer. Pretty much any image you have, whether you found it on the internet or scanned it into your computer, you can use! This is my favorite feature! In addition to those images you can access cutting files from the Silhouette store at very reasonable prices (under 99 cents). They have a FREE file you can download every week, plus really great sales!  Search the internet, there are also gazillions of free printables and cut files out there

But all the fun doesn’t even stop there –

The Silhouette has many other uses in addition to die-cutting paper. It can cut a variety of materials including fabric, vinyl, heat transfer material, stencils, and more. In addition you can use it to etch glass, create and set rhinestone designs, make temporary tattoos, PLUS a favorite of mine – you can create your own cling stamps!

So, you may be asking yourself – how does she use all the cutouts she creates? Well right now I am working on designing product packaging which I plan to list in my etsy shop,  but also I do things just for fun and personal use, like these....
I KNOW, all this information is well and good but if you don’t have a Silhouette what good does it do YOU, huh? 

Well here’s the GOOD NEWS!  I am sponsoring a GIVEAWAY!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway starts right now and is open until 11:59 PM EST on February 28th. The winner of this giveaway will be notified via email and announced on March 3rd in the Rafflecopter widget above.   

The more of the ladies you follow, the better your chances to win. You can tweet daily for even more entries!

Leave me a comment and tell me what YOU would do with the Silhouette, if you should win!  GOOD LUCK!

Visit ALL of the prize sponsors for plenty of great ideas!

Disclaimer: The ladies who are sponsoring this giveaway have generously done so with their own funds. Facebook, Twitter and the like are NOT involved. We aren't being paid by a vendor, we are just love our followers and want them to be able to join in on our fun!


UPDATE: Congrats to our Silhouette Portrait giveaway winner, Jessie Wynn Cook ,please join us in congratulating her!


Skye said...

Oh a truly awesome giveaway indeed :)The really fabulous ones with the really cool toys are never international, though. Need to join more blogs run by generous Canadians ;) I've been toying with the idea of getting one of these, but I'm not sure how much I'd really use it... or rather, how much I'd end up spending on more supplies AFTER I got it to start yet another new crafty venture lol ;) Plus, I really should get a new, working printer that is either just black ink, or doesn't eat up the colour so fast and cost a fortune to refill >.< lol Maybe I should go buy my printer today... a tax refund gift to myself so I don't need to keep asking mom to print out stuff for me ;)then that'll be done and out of the way in case I see these babies on sale somewhere.. and conveniently forget I already got my refund 'gift' for myself ;) lol

TesoriTrovati said...

I have been looking at one of these for the gallery where my jewelry is exhibited. We want to use it for vinyl letters. Ever used it for thin sheets of polymer, Miss Shelley? That would be cool. Thanks for the chance! Enjoy the day. Erin

Zan Caperton said...

My first project would be to use it with polymer clay. I have seen some fabulous things made with the Circuit and polymer clay.

tiffany goff said...

Wahoo this is awesome.

Ashley said...

I would make a special birthday poster for my daughter's first birthday!
Ashley Sullivan

Joyce Fisher said...

Hi Shelley,

Thanks for letting me feature your beautiful Artist Trading Cards (ATC), along with projects from our other partners in the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway, on today!

Peace, Love and Joy,

Shawn M. said...

My wife wants to make birthday invitations with it

Sarah M. Traub said...

If I had the portrait I would use it when i travel it is smaller and more compact. I would use the portrait for decorating my friends baby room as she just found out she is expecting we need wall art and onesies!

MirandAck said...

I would try to use it to do some interesting etching on copper

Auva said...

I would share it with my daughter, she has a 4 and 2 yr old and they could be crafty and creative while daddy is deployed! What a wonderful giveaway!

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