Whether you've been *naughty* or *nice*, we have the PERFECT crafting tool for Santa to put under your tree! The Silhouette SD.

That's right girls.....if you are scratching your head in creative wonder as to what to ask Santa for, for Christmas...LOOK. NO. FURTHER! Melodee, our ever amazing, ROCKSTAR of a buyer, came up with a little Christmas Miracle for all of you! The Silhouette SD. You have asked, and asked......and now you shall receive the opportunity to have one for your very own! Today, this very day, at 9 AM, you will have your chance!

In short, I am in AWE of the capabilities of this machine. Honestly I have wanted one for ages. The fact that it plugs directly into your computer, eliminating the need to buy any costly cartridges totally rocks my world. For those of you that are wondering exactly what a Silhouette is, here is the definition found on the Silhouette page: The Silhouette is a digital cutting tool for personal use. 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. In short, this machine is smart, versatile and all sorts of crazy fun!

Let me take you on a little journey of my crafting time with the Silhouette SD.

Let me list in a nutshell some of my favorite features about this machine:

* Small. VERY lightweight. Portable. Perfect for taking to crops!

* No need to buy expensive cartridges. The Silhouette online store features 1,000's of images for $.99 each.

* Mac and PC Friendly

* Cutting capabilities of 9 x 40"

* FANTASTIC adhesive qualities to the cutting mats

* Easy to use. Lots and LOTS of tutorial videos available

* Exclusive design images by Hero Arts, Heidi Swapp and Cosmo Cricket

* Average blade life of 6 months

* Print and cut feature = print an image or photo on your home printer, insert into Silhouette and the machine is smart enough to sense the cutting areas

* The Silhouette staff is VERY courteous and friendly. Top notch customer service!

* The Silhouette blog. Their designer, Traci, is absolutely friendly, talented and I have to admit packs more creativity in her THUMBNAIL than I do in my entire body!

Now let's move on to the 'meat and potatoes' of my journey. When I first took the machine out of the box, I actually immediately texted Melodee to tell her how cute and small it is. After owning another die cutting machine for the past several years, I was delighted with how small, lightweight and easy to open it is.

I pulled out the driver software and installed it onto my computer. EASY. I then spent the rest of the evening watching the video tutorial CD that came with the machine. I wanted to know every last bit of potential that the Silhouette SD had to offer, and boy...I was not disappointed!

I also spent quite a bit of time searching around YouTube looking for tutorial videos.

I really enjoyed this video by a fellow scrapbooking friend Nichol Magourik. She walks through the basics of creating with the Silhouette.

I also found this video that was informative and easy to follow.

One of the things that has always drawn me to the Silhouette is the fact that not only can you use any font that you have on you computer to cut out titles for scrapbook pages or vinyl lettering, but you can shop at the Silhouette online store and purchase individual designs for $.99 each. I. LOVE. THAT! The machine comes with a $10 gift card to use in the store so it was absolutely fantastic to spend time browsing the catalog to find those perfect designs to play with.

Now let me back track a minute. Did you catch the part where I mentioned that you can use ANY font that is on your computer to cut out letters? That means that any font you download from the internet can also be used. That's right! The possibilities for the perfect font for the perfect title have just become almost limitless!

I downloaded this cute font called Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. I love how intricate it is and how perfectly the Silhouette cut it it out.

I then found a tutorial video on YouTube featuring a fun gate fold type card.

I decided to purchase the same design from the Silhouette store and create a card of my own.

Next I wanted to explore the world of cutting vinyl.

I read the simple and easy to understand instructions on the Silhouette website then set to work.

I have owned another electronic die cutting machine for several years and have never cut vinyl with it. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was limited to certain designs provided with the cartridges or would have to spend a good amount of money to get 'that perfect' saying. Again I returned to the Silhouette store and found a fun 'Happy Thanksgiving' design for $.99. I cut it out and now have a fun, temporary decoration to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The love of vinyl cutting didn't stop there......

I have to admit. I'm a girl that loves her bling. I was overjoyed when I saw that we would be offering a Rhinestone starter kit. I was wondering what to create when I thought it would be fun to make myself a t-shirt to wear to my girls' big regional band competition this weekend.

I first watched a video tutorial....

Then set to work to create....

I'm pretty excited to sport my bling this weekend while supporting my girls! :)

I was then pretty impressed with the array of 3D designs that I could purchase from the Silhouette store. I downloaded a couple of pumpkin designs and made some cute little fall decor table centerpieces.

I also downloaded a fun cupcake sleeve. EASY and what a cute addition this would be to any birthday party!

I also downloaded a couple of cute 3D snowflake designs that will be so fun to make to put on our Christmas tree this year.

Another amazing project that you can do with the Silhouette is Heat Transfer. Being as we are offering a Heat Transfer bundle I had to give that a shot as well. I turned to the Silhouette website for a little extra 'how to' and set to work adding a flower to a plain dinner napkin.

Now you would *think* that the capabilities of the Silhouette SD ends there, but nope! Check out this card I made using inks. Instead of inserting a blade into the machine, I inserted an ink cartridge instead, so anywhere that a design would be cut, it actually draws.

Another amazing feature of the Silhouette SD is to 'Print & Cut'. Sadly my printer was out of ink, so I was unable to try the print and cut feature. I did however, find a tutorial video which goes into depth about this amazing feature which the Silhouette can do!

I also noticed on the Silhouette website that you can do glass etching. You better believe that I couldn't resist trying that one too!

All I can say is....EASY!

In short (or actually quite long, because there is just too much good to be said about this machine!), if you are looking for a fantastic way to shoot your creative abilities and powers through the roof...the Silhouette SD is your answer!

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