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Great product and HUGE giveaway!! ($300 value)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I have a really incredible, useful-for-so-many-projects, little machine to show you today.

 

And it’s sleek and compact.
And sings to me as it works.
It’s called a Silhouette.
(Found here.)
(image source)

I was shipped a Silhouette machine to test out………and then see if I actually liked it.  (And the company let me know that I was not obligated to share this here with you all, if I didn’t like it.  I could send it back with no questions asked.  So, I figured I’d give it a try…)
I’ve got to tell you, once I opened up the box and saw all that it could do……I could hardly contain myself. My husband was studying for a final at the time and I kept making him turn around and look at the newest feature that I just discovered.  He laughed at me……a lot.  Ha!  But there was so much to this little machine that I never knew something so small could do.
The Silhouette hooks up to your computer and cuts out the shapes/letters that you tell it to.  So all you need is your machine, your computer, and the cords to hook the two together.  That’s it.  
(But you can also use an SD card with your image info and use your Silhouette wherever you go…)

It comes with many adorable shape and cutout files for no charge at all.  And then you can use all of the letter fonts from your own computer, to design your own cut outs.  You can even create your own shapes and logos, just how you like them.
But if you want more, they have a little online image store, where you can buy all sorts of different shapes, letters, phrases, cutouts, etc……and then upload them instantly to your computer.
It seemed like there were thousands.
Here’s a sampling…

 

Each download is priced at $0.99 but the more you buy, the cheaper they become.  They have a subscription going on right now where your downloads are as cheap as $0.14 a download. Love the savings!  And I love all of the little promos they have (and the free weekly download).  And they have designers that come out with new images each week.
(Oh, and you can also upload images from your other favorite companies out there.)
So the surprise came when I saw what you could do with all of these darling shapes and such.
You can cut vinyl to match your home perfectly…..

 

Or make cut outs for your scrapbooking needs……
And even make paper cut-outs for all sorts of reasons….
And wow, make the cutest little cards without the hassle of cutting so many different little things with scissors.
And then like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, make glass etchings with the negative space of your vinyl. 
(For those who were asking, the name of this silhouette download is: bird_on_branch_C00044_23067 01/18/2010)
And then one more thing that I fell in love with.
The heat transfer.
You can cut this stuff out, peel the negative space away, lay it on your fabric, then iron it right onto your clothing.
So I did just that.
Several times.
For my little boy and girl…..

 

I used the white heat transfer and wrapped the chandelier cutout around the side of the shirt just a bit.  Then I placed an ‘e’ on the bum pocket of these pants and a name down the side of the pant leg.  Love how they both turned out.

Then I used several car cut-outs and ironed it onto some brown knit.  Then I put heat ‘n bond behind that, ironed it to the shirt, then stitched several times around the border of the brown.  For the pink one below, I used some ballerina cutouts on some black heat transfer and ironed them right to the shirt.  Then I cut little strips of fabric, gathered them, and sewed them right to the ballerina……like mini tutu’s.
For this little tree shirt, I applied it the same as the car shirt above.

 

Then finally, I found these cute little animal cracker shapes………..and I cut out a bite mark on one with some scissors.  Then I put the words that my little guy uses, while munching on his favorite crackers.

Sheets and rolls of vinyl and heat transfer found here.
(There is also printable heat transfer, where you can print the image you want in color, then iron it on.)
Can you believe all that the Silhouette does?
(My little machine and I have become great friends!!)
There are many more projects I’m working on.  So I’ll be sharing more this week.
But now it’s time to talk about one of you winning one of these machines free.
Yes, a machine all for one of you.
(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)
  • Cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
Do you have some projects in mind?
Some gift ideas that you must make?


 

!!!!!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s how to enter to win:
Visit the silhouette site here…….then browse around for a while.
Then come back here and let me know in one comment how you would use your machine.
(example: I would use it for scrapbooking, or for card-making, or for vinyl wall art, etc.  ……..Or maybe you would use it for EVERYTHING!)
So visit the site, comment back on this post, and you’re done.
Only one comment per person.
This giveaway ends Monday, June 21st, at 9:00 a.m. (EST)
And Silhouette has offered another great offer for every Make It and Love It reader.
Use the code ‘Makeit‘ at checkout to receive the following deals:
Code will work by 4pm today (CST).


#1) AWESOME PROMO (running now through July 1st)
If you buy the Silhouette between now and July 1st you will get the following:
– $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) GOOD PROMO (running from July 2nd through July 7th)
Buy a machine and receive the following:
$50 off (receive for $249.99)
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store
Cutting Blade
2 Cutting Mats
All for $249.99
A savings of $89.98
Remember to type in ‘Makeit’ at checkout to receive these prices!
Code will work by 4pm today (CST).

 

Okay, whew, that’s it.
What fun.

Good luck!

And I hope you have fun with these new ideas, especially if you get your own machine.  Eeee!
 
Thanks for checking out my Great product and HUGE giveaway!! ($300 value) post. Check out my full collection of DIY Sewing articles. Find even more sewing projects, patterns, and tips for beginners and advanced sewists by Liz Call, Mariah Leeson, Randi Dukes and Tauni Everett.
 
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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    I would definitely use this as favors to give to my co-workers during the holidays.

  5. Kathy Garrison says:

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  6. Isabelle Henry says:

    I want this machine!!!

    I can think of so many ways to use this. To start, i will try to make shirts and wall vinyls. With just this, i should be busy for a bit…

    Thanks!

  7. BARBARA CANTRELL says:

    Yes i like gadgets ,and i like 2 make things for others 2 show my love ,especially since i learned about the computer,
    before the computer ,i used what i had , now all these gadgets make it a hold lot easier ,thank God ,4 gadgets
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  8. Kim says:

    I would use this for so many things, it would be soooo much fun to think up new ways to use it!

  9. aly says:

    I was wondering if you will ever be doing another giveaway with one of these? i clicked on the link you provided and cant find the website. I am super duper interested in getting one! Any help?

    1. Ashley says:

      As for now, I don’t have any plans to. And sorry about those old links. They’re all fixed now. But there’s an advertising button to their site on my sidebar that will always direct to their site……..but here’s the link as well: https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/default.aspx?mid=MILIa4928nglina9000dldnrlsdr880j

      Hope that helps……and good luck!
      Ashley

  10. Minta says:

    I would use it for doing shirts, and home decorating… and cards and I love the etching on glasses idea…I so want to win this awesome machine..Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity.

  11. jenna is a zombie says:

    As a graphic design student this machine would be a huge help! From screen printing to crafts I could use this none stop. I also work with photography a lot and think that converting photographic images to other mediums with this machine would be a snap!

  12. Erin says:

    HOLY COMMENTS!!!
    I would use my machine for everything!!!! There is no possible way to narrow it down to one project!! haha!

  13. Caroline says:

    Love love love the things you can do with this machine! Thank you for having such a great blog and giveaway! I would make cards and t-shirts for sure, and may even try my hand at glass etching – looks like the possibilities are endless! Thanks again!

  14. Isabel Z says:

    Oh my, what wouldn't I do with it? First thing would be to make vinyl cutouts to decorate my daughter's room. A million thanks for giving the chance to win such an amazing machine.

  15. Destiny says:

    I would do everything with this machine!!!! Everything I tell ya! I would put a heat transfer on my forehead!!!! lol!! Pick ME!

  16. TCC says:

    I love the heat transfer AND the vinyl options!

    ~Callie
    callieandtodd@gmail.com

  17. Kari says:

    I would use it to help my daughter express her creative side!!! She saw it and wants to make her own wall art and heat transfers for some of her clothes and I'm sure she and I could come up with many more uses!!!

  18. Katarijna says:

    I Would use my machine all day (and night) for everything, making vinyl cut outs for my kitchen cabinets, iron on letters for my laundry bags, etc. etc. etc.

  19. Raber Family says:

    Wow! What an incredible machine. I always wanted something like that, but my hubby thought it would be way more expensive. I know I'm sort of at the end of the run, but I love your t-shirts and fun ideas. Thought I'd give it a shot! Thank you for your fun ideas. I like that you can use any font on your computer. I think my hubby would make me make him some car stickers for his rock crawling fetish. Thanks for the chance at this!

  20. Suzie Button says:

    What a nifty machine! I'd use it to do the etchings on glass definitely and also definitely to make some tshirts and other goodies with clothes!

  21. Kae says:

    I have so many ideas on how and what i would use this machine for, and that is when my scrabbooking sister isnt trying to steal it to use!

  22. Lauren says:

    This looks so much better than my circut! I would use it for my clothes..fixing the old ones to make them new, and all the little accent things I want around my house.

  23. OC Golf Par-tees says:

    Wow, no cartidges…..OMG I would use it so much more….I'm right in the middle of 2 birthday parties and would love to use this for my decorations:-)

  24. Sandi Summers says:

    Are you kidding me!!! I'm seriously ready to trade in my Cricut for one of these magic machines! I'd use it for every project I do now and for some I've put off cuz I don't have the right tools! Scrapbooking, cards, home decor, I love it all. The Silhouette is absolutely amazing;)

  25. Tiffany says:

    Holy cow I'd love this! Please enter me (if it's not too late!)

  26. SheltonMade says:

    It's the 21st..

    And it's 1:05…

    I'm late =(

    This Sucks.

  27. kimber says:

    I would like to start a business selling things I make, and this will not only help me get started, but also widen the range of products I can make. I already do transcription from home but feel the need to do something creative, and making money at it would be a dream come true.
    Kimber

  28. Laura says:

    I. WANT. THIS! I would make cards for sure, do some vinyl quotes for my walls, everything! I have been lusting after this little machine for awhile.

    llwaltz(at)gmail(dot)com

  29. kimber says:

    I would like to start a business making and selling things I've made and this would greatly help me get started. I already do medical transcription from home but I feel the need to do something creative and making money at it would be a dream come true.

    Kimber

  30. glorygirlart says:

    I love this machine!! it does so many things!! I would use this machine to do just about anything…Like you, I am a very eclectic person when it comes to crafting. I think my first project would be making a vinyl sticker to go in my daughter's bedroom.

    Wish me LUCK! ;)

  31. Heather says:

    If I had a Silhouette I would have wall art all over my house. I'm loving your tshirt ideas too!

  32. Diane Conn says:

    I would start out making some cute little t shirts for my kids and then cover my walls with all the vinyl sayings I've been to cheap to buy.

  33. The Newlyweds says:

    I would use it for home decor and card making..oh so much fun! Already have ideas for awesome clothes for my little one!!

  34. Jillian says:

    I love this I would use it for everthing. Would love to use it for my babies room and make cute decals. Thanks for sharing this

  35. Jillian says:

    I love this I would use it for everthing. Would love to use it for my babies room and make cute decals. Thanks for sharing this

  36. Magen says:

    I would love one of these! Think of all the vinyl projects I could do!

  37. Stauffenberg Family says:

    I would love to use this in my classroom and make shirts for our family (rock) band…complete with tour dates (lakes we play on!)

  38. Classic Attic says:

    I love to make signs with scripture…I need this machine! :) Love it!!!

  39. The Brownings says:

    My mom has a sillouhette and I use it all the time! It would be fabulous to have one of my own! I have used it on jars and my walls and several other things! There's so much to do with it! I would love to try the clothing iron ons!

  40. Jenn says:

    This machine rocks! Wow, what would I use it for? Love the glass etching, the tee iron ons, and definately the vinyl wall art! Great machine!

  41. Scott and Nicole says:

    I think I would try some glass etching on some of my casserole dishes. This way everyone will know what dishes are mine when I take them to activities.

  42. Angie says:

    Oh, I could die for this machine! I wouldn't be able to restrain myself from decorating everything!

  43. Allrn says:

    I want wall art on the walls in our new home!

  44. Bobby Girl says:

    Wow – I have a bunch of ideas for how to use it! What a great give away!

  45. Angie O says:

    Oh, I am so hungry for this! I would put decals on everything until my husband got sick of it, but I never would!

  46. Stefanie Horsley says:

    I would use this for everything!!! I would love the wall art and I would love to put it on clothes!

  47. Kelsie says:

    Mmmm I think I need this machine. :D

    I would start with the etching and then go crazy with the heat transfers.

  48. trippin says:

    That looks amazing!!

  49. Cindy Ricks says:

    I have so many projects that I want to make…the more I think about it the more there are. I want to decorate my house with it, do scrapbooking, make gifts, make letter blocks, make cards, and I love the heat transfer idea!

  50. Gaylon, Crystal, Chenoa & Tristan says:

    I LOVE this!!!! The possibilities are endless!!! I'd definitely spruce up our boring white walls, and our kids' rooms and our clothing! This is a must!!! I want one!!!!!

  51. Kacey_cole says:

    Wow! I would use it for everything, but mostly for the wall art. How fun!

  52. Jackie says:

    I would use this fabulous tool for everything, but most likely card making and home decor.

  53. OneHappyfamily says:

    I would without a doubt use it for my scrappy stuff! Great machine.

  54. Robyn says:

    Wow! what am awesome machine! I think i would use it for LOTs of things: scrapbooking and cards and i love what you've done with the kids clothes i'd love to do that and probably gifts!

  55. Kristen says:

    Vinyl wall art and heat transfer, plus fab (I mean FAB) gift tags and the like. What a neat machine.

  56. Sandra says:

    what a great product! i would like to try out everything!

  57. Misty says:

    Great giveaway!

    I would use it for everything – but I see me using a lot of patterns for heat transfer to make fabulous t's for the kiddos! Love it. :)

  58. Kari says:

    Looks fabulous!!!!!!!!!! Would use first for vinyl wall art and then on to soooooo many others………..Here's wishing!!!!

  59. Cheri says:

    I would probably have to take a week off of work to try everything with this machine!!! I'd need to try one of everything! Great giveaway!!!

  60. Catherine says:

    That is so cool! I love the t-shirts especially!

  61. Jenny says:

    I would love to use this machine to embellish my boring T-shirts and make clothes for my adorable 3-month old niece.
    missma2008@yahoo.com

  62. Betsey says:

    Wow!! You inspire me so much!! What a blessing it would be to win this amazing machine!!!

  63. Jen says:

    I would use this for EV.ERY.THING! I do all kinds of crafting, but especially cardmaking. Also, I would have a ball using it for clothing design ideas and wall art. I'd love to win this, been eyeing electronic cutters for years, but I'm still stuck with my old hand cutting tools…

  64. Michele says:

    That is an awesome machine! I would use it for scrapbooking and the heat transfer, but it has so much potential I would love to try other things with it, as well. We love to make shirts for different occasions so I could see this coming in quite handy! How are you liking yours now??

  65. Beth says:

    I would use this lady for scrapbooking! I could make titles using the SIL fab fonts and diecut shapes!

  66. Sisterockon says:

    I would cry like a baby if I won this machine! What wouldn't I use this machine for..I would literally vinyl my son if he stood there long enough. Nevertheless, I love to make and repurpose clothing and the possibilities here are endless :)

  67. Canadian Princess says:

    Love to make vinyl wall art and quotes with it. And some cute clothes for my kids. By the way I thought it was neat your daughter's name is Elliana as I just had a little girl March 30 and found the name Eliana on a baby name website when looking in the Hebrew section (my mum is Jewish)… I fell in love with it and thankfully so did my hubby so we have an Eliana too. Just thought it was neat to see the name on the pants as I've never even heard the name before a few months ago.

    Another neat connection, I believe I know a sister of yours, Robin (sp?) who was in the BYU 233rd ward with me and was a co-chair with me on the emergency prep committee. In fact that's how i found your blog (ages ago) as she had it on her gmail chat custom message.

    You are incredibly talented btw and i love your blog!

  68. jmeyer15 says:

    I am positive this machine would come in handy for me around every holiday. I'm thinking teacher gifts, classmate goodies!!!!!! I wouldn't leave myself out, though. Year round!!!

  69. lisafrat says:

    what a great machine! I would use it to embellish fabric and anything else I can think of! Thanks for showing it to us!

  70. Rachel says:

    I've had my eye on this product for quite some time. I think I'd use it for just about everything. Right now the heat transfer and vinyl options sound the most exciting to me. But the stencils for glass etching sounds really neat too. So many possibilities.

  71. shannon says:

    There is so much to do with this. The first think I would do is finish my girls bedroom.

  72. Rachel says:

    I've had my eye on this product for quite some time. I think I'd use it for just about everything. Right now the heat transfer and vinyl options sound the most exciting to me. But the stencils for glass etching sounds really neat too. So many possibilities.

  73. Rachel says:

    I've had my eye on this product for quite some time. I think I'd use it for just about everything. Right now the heat transfer and vinyl options sound the most exciting to me. But the stencils for glass etching sounds really neat too. So many possibilities.

  74. Rachel says:

    I've had my eye on this product for quite some time. I think I'd use it for just about everything. Right now the heat transfer and vinyl options sound the most exciting to me. But the stencils for glass etching sounds really neat too. So many possibilities.

  75. Rachel says:

    I've had my eye on this product for quite some time now. If I had one of these I'd use it for just about everything, scrapbooking, card making, vinyl letters/images. And I'd love to try it for the glass etching and heat transfer ideas.
    Such a unique and versatile product.

  76. Superwoman Scrapper says:

    I never realized there was so much you could do with this. I'm a scrapbooker and was only thinking paper. Wow, walls, home decor, glass etching, clothing . . . the possibilities are endless. I could see me getting very distracted from actually scrapbooking and using this for all kinds of "other" creativity!!! Fabulous.

  77. megan@ from the green room says:

    I would use the machine for heat transfers, home decor and glass etching. How fun!!!

  78. saifrost says:

    I think I would just use it for everything. This looks so awesome.

  79. picture this says:

    I would love to use this to make the vinyl wall decor and heat transfers…it's truly amazing! The possibilities would be endless!!!

  80. Ty and Whitty says:

    Oh my goodness all the things I could do with this incredible machine ahhh I can hardly contain myself. First off I would use it to spruce up our new place we are moving by adding some vinyl to the walls. Then I would use it to cut some scrapbooking things to start a scrapbook for my little man and lastly I would use it for some card making. Thank you so much for this opportunity
    Whitney Ulrich

  81. Ty and Whitty says:

    Oh my goodness all the things I could do with this incredible machine ahhh I can hardly contain myself. First off I would use it to spruce up our new place we are moving by adding some vinyl to the walls. Then I would use it to cut some scrapbooking things to start a scrapbook for my little man and lastly I would use it for some card making. Thank you so much for this opportunity
    Whitney Ulrich

  82. Marah says:

    card making first, but then, EVERYTHING!

  83. Ty and Whitty says:

    Oh my goodness all the things I could do with this incredible machine ahhh I can hardly contain myself. First off I would use it to spruce up our new place we are moving by adding some vinyl to the walls. Then I would use it to cut some scrapbooking things to start a scrapbook for my little man and lastly I would use it for some card making. Thank you so much for this opportunity
    Whitney Ulrich

  84. Ty and Whitty says:

    Oh my goodness all the things I could do with this incredible machine ahhh I can hardly contain myself. First off I would use it to spruce up our new place we are moving by adding some vinyl to the walls. Then I would use it to cut some scrapbooking things to start a scrapbook for my little man and lastly I would use it for some card making. Thank you so much for this opportunity
    Whitney Ulrich

  85. Ty and Whitty says:

    Oh my goodness all the things I could do with this lovely machine :) First I would cut some vinyl to spruce up our new place we are moving to. Then I would use it for scrapbooking because I need to start scrapbooking all the cute pictures of my new little man. I also would love to use it for cards :) Thank you for this fabulous opprotunity
    -Whitney Ulrich

  86. Amy says:

    I would use it for everything, especially home decor…so pretty please, pick me! :-) THANK YOU for the chance to win!
    Amy in CA

  87. Brooke says:

    I would use this for anything and everything I could think of to use it for, mainly scrapbooking since it is my first love.

    I could also spruce up the dorm room I'm about to move into, make my own cute little t shirts, personalize,well, everything, and continue to make cute little frames:)

  88. Trisha says:

    Wow, I would use it for everything! I especially love the card making and glass etchings. I would add accents to all those things that need a little lift. How exciting, hope I win!

  89. Trisha says:

    Wow, I would use it for everything! I especially love the card making and glass etchings. I would add accents to all those things that need a little lift. How exciting, hope I win!

  90. Trisha says:

    Wow, I would use it for everything! I especially love the card making and glass etchings. I would add accents to all those things that need a little lift. How exciting, hope I win!

  91. Mark says:

    I love it! I would use it for all the things mentioned…just become a stay-at-home mom so m any projects floating through my mind!

  92. Kelli@bloomingfreckles says:

    Wow! this is an awesome machine and there is so much I'd like to do with it…I especially appreciate the flexibility of being able to use whatever fonts you love, that are already on your computer! I'd love to make the tile with the nativity for Christmas gifts! (also, my daughter's name is Eliana!! too funny!! :)

  93. Renee says:

    Such an awesome little machine! My first project would be beautifying my laptop!

  94. Ellen Davenport says:

    Dream machine. I love love love to have one. The first thing I'd use it for would be to cut freezer paper for stencils for fabric painting on tshirts.

  95. Ellen Davenport says:

    Dream machine. The number one thing I would start using it for would be to cut freezer paper to create stencils for fabric painting on t shirts.

  96. Rachel says:

    Oh my…I would use it to spruce up our "new to us" home that we just moved into! Along with some heat transfers!

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