Sunday, April 21, 2013

Silhouette Sunday

I am starting a new feature here on my blog that I am calling Silhouette Sunday. I am the proud owner of a new Silhouette Portrait cutting machine and am in love!! I have only been playing for a couple weeks, but I am having so much fun I could share dozens of cards with you. I have lots to learn yet- haven't  figured out print and cut yet, so if anyone is an expert and can help me with that, I would appreciate it.

The Silhouette Online Store has thousands of cutting files for 99 cents!! For less than a dollar I can purchase cutting files that are as beautiful as the ones we spend $10-$30 for! Plus if you purchase the Designer Edition of their software, you can upload hundreds and thousands of digital files on the internet for free or very inexpensively too. I have a lot to learn and wish I had more time to watch all the videos and play all day and night. But it will be a fun journey and I will share my cards with you each Sunday.

I purchased the above floral border card cutting file from the online store (it was free with the $10 gift card that comes with the machine!), and first I made a square card. Then I played with the sizing and was able to make the A2 card below and save that one for future use. My favorite size of card is A2 (5 1/2" x 4 1/4" folded size.)

What I find so exciting is that you can make your die cut any size you want! Of course my machine is the smaller Portrait so the cutting mat is 8 1/2 x 11, but within those measurements, you can cut any size your heart desires.

When you get your machine with the original software, you are given 50 free cutting files, and this chevron border was one of the free ones. I simply placed patterned paper behind the border and added a diamond for the sentiment (Repeat Impressions) and a half diamond to complete the CAS card. One more to share today:

Isn't this pretty? But so simple. I simply cut a butterfly floral file twice, embossed the white one, offset the dark pink one and attached to a pink patterned cardstock. This was the second card I made with my Silhouette- the first went to my grandson and featured Batman:) Maybe I will share that sometime too.

I am entering these cards in the following challenges: Addicted to CAS (Flowers), QKR Stampede (Punches and/or Diecuts), and Wags 'n Whiskers (May Flowers.)

Stamping (and cutting) Silhouette smiles, Karen


happyglitzygirl said...

Wow, Karen. These look awesome. I am so inspired to be an owner of a Silhouette as well, lol. I have been collecting inspiration for a while now on Pinterest...Love what you have made. Evertime I come close to having the money, some major desaster happens withing the ranks and there it goes. I will get there eventually, really excited now. Not sure which on I love the most, The first one I think, maybe the butterfly .... Wonderful.
Blessings Hilde

Tanya said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for joining us at Wags n Whiskers this week!

Kylie said...

Aren't those machines just amazing! I love the designs that you have created. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS! xx

Jenn Bedient said...

Beautiful cards! Love the cut files and layouts. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Wags n Whiskers. Hope you have a great day!

- Jenn DT

Bettina L. said...

This is lovely. Great design with the flowers and use of diecuts from that cut files. Thanks for playing at QKR Stampede and good luck. Hope to see you back friday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at QKR Stampede!! xx

Crackerbox Palace Stamping Chit Chat said...

Love your cuts!
Vicky Briggs

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi there, Karen! I found your sweet blog through your entry at Wags-n-Whiskers this week. I just LOVE your card, and had fun browsing through your art. It is absolutely wonderful. I was just hoping that you would consider stopping by to share with us and play along in our challenges at Word Art Wednesday. We would LOVE to have you join us. Our challenges are always Anything Goes, and we have LOTS of amazing prizes. Hope you will stop by and check us out!
Have a blessed week,
Word Art Wednesday