January 17, 2011

Silhouette Promotion - and House Number Project

 There is a great promotion going on, this week only, for Silhouette.  (Ends Saturday, Jan 22nd)

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool
A couple of great deals:

--You can get a machine, 2 rolls of Premium Vinyl, 1 roll of Transfer, and a Home Decor CD - a $395 value, for just $225 - that's a deal!! using the code "SUGARBEE"

--All Premium Vinyl is 25% off using the code "SUGARBEE"

Now remember, I bought my own silhouette, but they did send me this vinyl at no cost so I could try it out and let you know how I like it. 

I'm kind of a Silhouette newbie, even though I've had mine about 6 months.  First off, I've been using the software that came in my box.  But on the Silhouette Blog they show tutorials using some other software - so I checked it out and it turns out there's a new, upgraded software and it's free - HERE.  Just "download the latest software".  Why didn't anyone tell me this - I thought the last one was easy to use - this is even easier - LOVE IT! (Don't make fun of my computer screen with the big booty in the back - it's my sewing room computer, so I get the rejects whenever we upgrade our regular computer - I'm on the Craigslist hunt for a flatscreen, just so it'll take up less room)

So, I've cut lots of cardstock and even some heat transfer stuff, but I've never tried vinyl.  I know, where have I been - have a cutter but haven't tried vinyl.

A few things I learned about how to cut vinyl with a Silhouette:

--you don't run vinyl through on your mat, so you can cut it as long as your roll.  That means your design can be 8 1/2 inches by 4 feet long, or whatever.  To do this just adjust the template size in your software.

--you use "transfer paper" - I didn't know what it was.  Here's a rundown:

 Cut your design and peel away the extra, so the design it left - it's the "X"
 Take a piece of the transfer paper (it's like parchment paper with a sticky side) and stick it to your design.  Rub it on.
 Then peel your design off it's backing.  It should stick to the transfer paper.  Then stick it to your design and remove the transfer paper so just your design is left.
 The transfer paper helps hold your design while the sticky side of the vinyl is exposed.  Genius!

Moving on - projects using Premium Vinyl.  I'll be showing a few throughout the week.  What makes Premium Vinyl different is it's thicker, etc, and made for outdoor use.  Immediately I knew: House Numbers!  Our house numbers are on the mailbox post and so hard to see/find.  So I made some for the door - LOVE THEM! (yes, our Christmas lights are still up - it's cold!)
 Sorry it's a bad picture of the front door.  I wanted to back up and get the view of the whole house, but I was already standing in snow and didn't want to venture further into it - see the sacrifices I make for this blog - brr! (oh and note I'm taking your fashion advice - I ditched the white socks - although I'm not sure "cream" is much better...)

 I used a free font from Kevin and Amanda (I think it was Wish I Was Taller), and I got the swirl design from the online Silhouette Store (once you open the software it has a link that opens the store for you) where all designs are $1.  I'm sure you could find some clipart decal and use that just as easily.

More ideas for Premium Vinyl projects coming this week.  Meanwhile you might want to order yourself some of it - using the code "SUGARBEE" for 25% off, or buy a whole machine with vinyl for $225.


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

8 Fabulous Comments:

I didn't know about the updated software either!! Yep I am on the Silouette bandwagon!! :)

I received a silhouette for Christmas, and I have not taken it out of the box yet...yeah, I know. I'm a little intimidated. I really want to make some numbers for my front door, this looks great.

I'm still getting familiar with my machine as well...had a fustrating start, but I think now our relationship is getting a bit better... :)

omg I want one of these soooo bad!!!!! I am going to try to talk my mom into this!!! Thank u, brooke
love the door numbers! Brooke
Girl Boy Girl Inspired

I didn't know about the software either, until I saw a post on it on a friend's blog awhile back! Excited to see what else you come up with!!

Hi Mandy,
Do you have any tips for cutting vinyl? I just got a silhouette and have only tried to cut vinyl and it has been the MOST FRUSTRATING craft related thing I've done in a long time.

Sometimes the cutter cuts too deeply and all the pieces come apart, sometimes the sticky vinyl gets stuck to the blade and peels off.

It's been such a headache.

Your house numbers look so cute, I'd love to be able to cut vinyl!

Thanks in advance!

Hi, love your house number and design - you did a great job. I've got the Cricut but I think it will do the same things - I really need to get some transfer paper - it's so hard dealing with the vinyl without it. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Cutter party!

Great Job! The font is Oh Photo Shoot!

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