A couple weeks ago I was shipped a Silhouette SD Craft Cutter to test out ... with the understanding that if I didn't like it, I could send it right on back with no obligation. I couldn't resist! And, um ... I'm keeping the Silhouette, thank-you-very-much.
I've always been under the impression that craft cutters were for the scrapbooking set only. So while I can see how this product would definitely appeal to scrapbookers, the Silhouette is made for anyone who loves to craft. If you like to make personalized gifts, home decor, DIY clothing, or just awesome stuff in general, this is the tool for you. This slim little beauty can cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, and heat transfer material. I don't know how I crafted without it! Ok, that is a little over-dramatic, but the point is, I really love it.
The Silhouette hooks right up to your computer so you don't need a bunch of cartridges or extra tools. You can download literally thousands of images from their online store for a very reasonable price, or simply create your own using the included software. In my mind, this is its best feature, for paper cutting alone - it is like having an unlimited source of paper punches in every shape and size imaginable.
I can't wait to use it for ...
The Silhouette is awesome for paper party crafts - it has templates for favor boxes, cupcake wrappers, table tent cards, cake stencils(!) ... you name it. With a click of a few buttons, you could easily (and quickly) create an entire party theme and decorations (and later this week, I'll show you how).
Of course, the first thing I had to try was the heat transfer. I couldn't resist decorating a few onesies for the baby. For the pink onesie, I created my own image using a free graphic and font that came with the machine's software (there is a whole image and font library built in). For the white onesie, I downloaded the flower graphic (detailed flower 1 by Sweet Afton) from the online store.
If you want to see even more examples of what this amazing little machine can do, just check out the Silhouette website or blog.
So, are you ready for the giveaway? You can win:
A Silhouette Machine
(a $299.99 value)
And it includes...
- Silhouette machine
- Software for Windows XP/Vista
- Power cable, USB cable
- 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)
- One cutting blade
- $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
This giveaway is now closed! Thanks for entering!
You know you want it! Let's keep things simple ... there is only ONE way to enter. Visit the Silhouette website and take a look around. Then come back and leave a comment on this post by August 7th telling me how you'd use your new favorite craft tool (as if you could pick just one project). The winner will be randomly selected on August 8th. This giveaway is available only to U.S. residents (sorry!). The only rules: one entry per person and you have to leave me some way to contact you - anonymous comments will be ignored.
Silhouette is also offering a couple of fantastic promos to my readers!
1) Truly Amazing promo - Purchase a Silhouette online by midnight, August 9th and enter the code homemade and you'll receive:
- $50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
- 2 rolls of vinyl (Valued at $15.98)
- 1 roll of transfer tape (Valued at $7.99)
- Scraper (Valued at $6.99)
- Home Décor CD (Valued at $50)
- $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
- Cutting Blade
- 2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
A Savings of $130.96
Just think of how much you’ll save on gift giving this year!
2) Still really great promo - Purchase a Silhouette online between August 10 and midnight, August 14th and enter the code homemade and you'll receive:
$50 off (receive for $249.99)
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
A savings of $79.98