::Deep sigh of fondness:: That’s right. I love my Silhouette. I also love that I just had to create cards today using my beloved machine, as today’s steal is none other than the Silhouette SD machine and accessories. What perfect timing for the machine and accessories to pop up as Christmas is right around the corner. If you don’t have a machine, I can’t even begin to express enough *and SHOUT from the rooftops*, that you will LOVE having one. If you already have one then now is the time to stock up on new blades and cutting pads!

I decided that for this week’s sketch it would be theme-based rather than a particular design. Your challenge this week is to create holiday or winter cards. I couldn’t resist some of the card downloads in the Silhouette store not to mention the fact that the deadline for our holiday cards swap is very near and I still had a few cards I needed to finish up.

For the first card that I made I downloaded the “5×7 Lace Card Base” by Lori Whitlock (5x7_lace_card_base_C01290_20509 ). I adjusted the size to fit into one of the envelopes that I have. I then cut out the “Bespangled Tree” by Hero Arts (bespangled_tree_C00703_23067 ).  I downloaded the “Merry Christmas” title by Jamie Koay (merry_christmas_title_C20091120180538_20387), and used my sketch pens to add it to the middle of the “Beautiful Label” by Lori Whitlock (beautiful_label_C00397_20509) prior to cutting it out. I put everything together, used pop dots to make the label stand out, inked the edges, added some bling to the tree and a brad to the top and my card was complete.

Next I made a simple card by creating a basic base, cutting out a piece of white cardstock to create an inner frame on the card. Then I cut out a simple circle border (which I don’t think is in the store any longer), and placed it across the center of the card. I downloaded and cut out a “Christmas Tag” by Pebbles, Inc., (christmas_tag_C00056_67122 ). I placed that in the center of the card then turned to the print and cut feature of the Silhouette. I downloaded and print out the “Christmas Set Merry Christmas” tags by Samantha Walker (10_christmas_set_merry_christmas_tags_C00964_19210). I then cut out a brown tag and added it to the center of the card with some pop dots and added a button to the top of the tag. Oh and don’t forget the inking of edges!

I had a blast using the “Christmas Card Kit” by Lori Whitlock (hmmm, I’m sensing a fondness of her designs – adorable_christmas_card_kit_C00764_20509). Made for a super easy card that is sure to bring a smile to anyone! I added some bling and a little hand stitching to finish it up.

I was crazy excited to get to play with the Silhouette fabric interfacing again. I picked up some Christmas printed fabric and then downloaded the “5×7 Eyelet Card Base” by Lori Whitlock (5x7_eyelet_card_base_C01286_20509), the “Nested Poinsettia” by Alaa’ K (nested_poinsettia__C00421_21585), and the “Merry Christmas” sentiment by Hero Arts (merry_christmas_C00656_23067 ). I applied the interfacing to my fabric, cut it out and assembled the card. I added some stitching to the inside to finish things up!

For the last card that I made I downloaded the “Christmas Card” by Rivka Wilkins (christmas_card_C00348_2581) and put my sketch pens to use. I often forget about them or overlook them but the fact is, they make some pretty spectacular creations.

I love the shimmer of these particular pens, and having switched out the colors makes for a pretty darn amazing creation. I added a few bling gems to two of the presents and my card was complete!

So there you have it. If I haven’t convinced you that you want and need and must beg your husband or santa or mom or dad for a Silhouette, then I am not sure what to do! Hands down you will love this machine.

Now for the exciting announcement of our October Monday Card Madness winner! Here’s a shout out to Brettany Quinton who is our first time Monday Card Madness, lucky random winner.

Brett, If you will please send our service department your address in an email at customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

Today’s is the deadline for the Holiday card swap. We’ve received some pretty fantastic creations and I will be sorting and shipping them out to you very soon.

I’ll have details up in a couple of weeks regarding the next card swap for any of you that would like to participate in the next round.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial!